Myanmar Microlending Trip
Study Economics in Southeast Asia
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You’ll land in Naypyidaw, the capital city of Myanmar. Take some time to explore and check out the markets before you start your journey tomorrow.
Your first stop today is the Myanma Economic Bank. It’s the first and foremost state-owned commercial bank in Myanmar. Here, you’ll learn about the economy of the country and the history of its banking system.
Next, you’ll go to Uppatasanti Pagoda. It’s a 321-foot tall Buddhist temple that’s beautiful from afar, especially at night. Inside, you’ll see some stunning stone murals depicting key scenes from Myanmar’s Buddhist history.
For your second day in Naypyidaw, you’ll start at the National Museum. The museum has some beautiful jewelry from the 11th century and other artifacts. You’ll learn about the political history of Myanmar, which is deeply tied to its economic history.
Now, you’ll head to a beauty salon. You’re not there to get a blowout, though; the salon’s owner is a recipient of a series of microloans that helped her start her business! You’ll talk with her about how the microloans impacted her life and help her with some tasks around her salon.
After some travel, you’ll arrive in the city of Mandalay. Your first visit is to Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa that contains the world’s largest book. It has 730 tablets and 1,460 pages, and each stone tablet has its own roof with a precious gem on top. It’s really something to see.
Then you’ll head to the Jade Market, where you’ll find many merchants selling, polishing, and inspecting pieces of jade. Myanmar has 70 percent of the world’s supply of high-quality jadeite, so it’s vital to the country’s economy.
Today, you’ll head to Shwe In Bin Kyang, a teak monastery. Its central building stands on tree trunks and features many teak carvings. Take a moment to pause here and cleanse yourself of your anxieties and negative emotions.
Your next stop is Mahamuni Pagoda, where thousands of Buddhists come to venerate the building’s 13-foot tall seated Buddha. The Buddha statue is thought to be up to 2,000 years old. If you’re interested, participate with the locals in their activities, or simply marvel at its beauty.
To end your day, have some traditional Burmese curry for dinner.
Do some stretches, because you’re going to be doing some walking today. You’ll climb Mandalay Hill, a 760-foot hill that towers over the entire city. As you pass some temples and pagodas, you’ll have to walk barefoot. After about 30 minutes, you’ll be able to view the beautiful city from above.
For the last stop on your journey in Myanmar, you’re going to the Zegyo Market. After you have some time to fill the extra space in your suitcase, you’ll meet up with another recipient of a microloan. This woman got the loan to start her own market stall. She’ll tell you about how her life has changed since she got the microloan and about the process of applying for it. Then you’ll help her run her stall for the day. The market is busy, so you’ll have to keep up!
Your time in Myanmar may be over, but you’ve learned so much about microloans and how they impact the lives of women in other countries. Once you get home, maybe you’ll even find some people who could use microloans and start the cycle all over again.
Microlending is a great way to help people in developing countries gather more resources to create better lives, and people can help even if they don’t have a ton of money to spare. When you study economics in Myanmar, you’ll learn how these loans work and how they impact the lives of some real women in the country.
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