Training ActionAid Fellows to improve village life
At just 19, Khin Soe is one of the youngest ActionAid Fellows in her region of Pakokku, Myanmar.
As a fellow, she took training from ActionAid on subjects like sustainability, gender equality and human rights, and learned skills including public speaking and problem solving.
Khin Soe said: “Once we started learning about development, we began to understand the real reasons why our villages had problems.
"For instance, neighbours had lost crops when the pond ran dry – it was too small and shallow and we had to share it between four villages. And we had no health clinic.
The course opened my eyes - before I just accepted these problems. I’d never tried to analyse the causes and what we could do about them."
Empowering young women in self-help groups
In a remote village in Myanmar, ActionAid is supporting young women to become economically independent and to know their rights.
With initial funding from ActionAid, the group has begun a group farming initiative, and pooled resources to develop a clothes business in their small community.
They are also saving the collective profits to give small loans to group members who need it, and support members of the community who are elderly or ill. 28-year-old Khin Myaing said:
I am very happy to be a part of this women self-help group. We are very active to do the community development work, even though we are young."
"I am very happy to do the community development as much as I can."