Village Mobilizers of the Project formed savings groups in April and by the end of the month of July, there were now 83 groups with a combined membership of 807 individuals. The groups were also able to mobilize 14,501,000. Kyats ($14,000.) or an average of 17,969. Kyats per member.
Myo Myo Htun, PF National Technical Consultant, assisting leaders of savings groups during registration
The leaders shared details about their savings groups during the consolidation session held last July 24, 2015 at the Aung San Conference Center at Hlaing-bwe Township. It was attended by 120 leaders who braved the rainy day to attend the first meeting of all savings group from the 34 villages taking part in the Project.
Participants to the IGCT session
Participation of the leaders were generated by asking them to write in cards and posting them in the walls of the conference center. Some of the leaders struggled in writing in cards but were excited to see information about how other groups are doing in their savings mobilization. For some leaders this is the first time for them to attend session using participatory process.
Leaders of savings group preparing information of their groups for posting
Savings groups with the highest amount of savings were also recognized. The top five savings groups included the following:
Village Savings group Total savings
A Htet Yae Pu San Thit Aung 800,000.MMK
Ma Ae Pan Khin Lan 500,000. MMK
Kwat Myat Gyi Ywar Thar Aye 480,000. MMK
Tar Baung Kone Shwe Lin Yaung 420,000. MMK
Win Sein Yie Man Chat Pang Taing 400,000.MMK
Gallery walk: reviewing the performance of other groups
The leaders of the savings groups were also informed of the project component on the modeling of enterprises. Selected agricultural products and non-agri activities will be pilot tested in the villages to determine the feasibility of the enterprises. This will enable the cooperative to narrow-down the economic activities it will finance once it starts its lending operation.
Saw Hein Htet Win, PF National Technical Consultant discussing the problems identified in managing savings groups.