Benjamin Apra and Guilhelm Baschet in front of the Project office in Hpa-an, Kayin State
In support to microfinance and enterprise development, two French bikers – Benjamin Apra and Guilhelm Baschet – decided to visit 10 countries by bike and meet along the way people who have been touched by microfinance. Dubbed Au Bout de Soie, the biking duo visited the Project areas in February 2017. They met with some members of the cooperatives who have borrowed and started new enterprises.
The video-documentation of their engagement with the people in the villages are available in the internet through these links:
Mr. Sanjeev Chadha and Mr. Mansoor Ali discussing with a weaver in Htee Lone village
Top management of Pepsico, makers of global brand softdrinks Pepsi and 7Up, visited some Project areas in Kayin State last February 2. Pepsico is one of the donors who contributed to the funds used in implementing the Project. The visiting team was headed by Mr. SANJEEV CHADHA, CEO, Asia, Middle East and Africa; with other team members including Mr. ADEL TAWFIK GARAS SAID, Asia-Pacific Region; Ms. KRISTA JANE PILOT, VP Corporate Affairs; Mr.PARINYA KITJATANAPAN, VP Indochina; and Mr. MANSOOR ALI, General Manager, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
The Pepsico team viewing the chickenhouse of U Hla Win
The team met with Kayin Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint before proceeding to the Project office for a short orientation on the current status of the Project. Later, the team visited the Htee Lone village weaving cooperative, producer of hand-woven textile with traditional Kayin designs. The team also engaged members of the Bawa Yay Thauk Myit Cooperative involved in chicken production. On the way back from Hlaing-bwe, the team made a quick stop with one of the community stores along the road to look at how Pepsico products are distributed and sold in the area.
Meeting the local press at the Hpa-an airport lounge culminated the visit.