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    Entries in myanmar (36)

    Monday
    Jun172013

    Harder, Faster: Robot Farmers for Quality Products

    To make sure our products can take the strain of life in rural Myanmar, we test them to breaking point in our labs first. Not a pump, water basket or drip kit leaves for a farmer's field without first passing the rigorous testing our robot farmers inflict on them. 

     

    Thursday
    Jun062013

    Young Global Leaders at Proximity Designs

    June 2013 and nearly 300 Young Global Leaders arrived in Yangon to attend their annual forum. A small delegation came to Proximity's design lab to help us troubleshoot our manufacturing strategy in this fast changing environment. Valerie Casey of the Designers Accord and Proximity's Todd Murphy sum up the collaboration.

    Monday
    May062013

    Threshing by the light of my solar lantern

    With so much to do on the farm during the day, rice threshing has become a night time activity. When we went to visit one of our d.light customers in Dedaye we found him using two of his solar lights to light his thresher. Instead of having to use his money to run a generator in the field all night, he can now reinvest it into his farm, his family, and offering more casual labourers -- like the ones you see here -- employment in his village.

    Monday
    Apr082013

    Bob Gomel's take

    Former Life magazine photographer, Bob Gomel, is responsible for many of the iconic and enduring images that document the people and the events of the 1960s. Think of a moment -- from Martin L. King's speech in Washington, to the Beatles on tour in the U.S. -- and it's more than likely he was there, and that you've seen it through his lens. In January, he was also here in Myanmar, visiting the country and dropping by Proximity's Yangon office with the World Affairs Council of Houston. He was kind enough to send us some of his shots from his trip. Thanks Bob!

    © Bob Gomel 2013

    © Bob Gomel 2013

    © Bob Gomel 2013

    © Bob Gomel 2013

    © Bob Gomel 2013

    Monday
    Mar252013

    The Full Moon of Tabaung

    U Tun Lwin Naung, our sales manager in the Delta, visits our Yangon office to give a presentation about increased sales.

    A young boy parading the village right before he enters novice hood.

     Someone seems to be enjoying our waiting room. 

    We met this gentleman when the media team went to Pyapone to do some interviews. A d.light customer, he talked about the impact solar lighting has had in his village this year.  

    Proximity's finance team discussing changes to loan contracts.  

    The chicken sellers of Bogale.

    With operations expanding, we're hiring more staff. Here, Ko Kyaw Zeya and Ko Zaw Zaw plan a new seating plan for the Yangon office.

    A farmer in the Delta on the way to his field.  

    The Pyit Taing Taung water tank fabric awaits stitching in the manufacturing lab.

    The Sin Pauk assembly line. Hundreds of pumps are put together each month for shipping out to farmers.