Meet Min Min
Pastor Min Min resides in North Dagon, Yangon, looking after his two little ones in his family. He helped make ends meet previously by working on his family’s farm in Magway. However, after one day seeing the poor in his community traveling “side-cars” (Myanmar’s version of trishaws), he settled on the idea of buying and leasing “side-cars” as a business.
He realized he would be able to generate income by renting them out to would-be side-car drivers, who would operate them as a business service. He would also be able to give some of the poor in his community jobs by giving them the opportunity to be side-car drivers themselves. While little investment was needed, he didn’t have the amount of money required to get this business initiated and so his business idea had to be put on the back burner.
“This was how Opportunities NOW has helped me the most”, Min Min explained. There would have been nowhere else he could turn to for the loan he needed to get the business going. With the 1.6 million kyat (about 1650 USD) loan he received, he was able to buy five side-cars. He rents the side-cars out to the side-car drivers maintains the side-cars.
While he says the major struggle in this business is dealing and communicating with his customers, the side-car drivers, he expressed his determination to continue leasing side-cars in the future as well as launching other business startups. He explains he has also been coming up with an idea for a pharmacy shop recently. As Min Min has had a taste of the business world, there is no doubt we will see him continuing to explore and develop more business ideas for the benefit of his community.