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    New Year, New Faces: Su Hlaing 


    Su’s love of other cultures started early. Growing up, Su attended an international school in Yangon, where her classmates – often the sons and daughters of diplomats – hailed from around the world, an experience that informed her childhood career decisions.

    “I used to want to be a diplomat,” she says with a small laugh as she makes herself at home on a couch in Proximity’s office. Well spoken, poised, and rarely without a glowing smile, Proximity’s newest team member would have done a fabulous job in the foreign service, but we’re lucky she chose Proximity instead.

    While her fervor for diplomacy has waned, her enjoyment of different cultures has only grown. Su received a full scholarship to attend university in the United States, where she studied Asian studies and Chinese. After graduating, she worked in Washington, D.C., at an international food policy research organization with coworkers from all over the world.

    She recently moved back to Myanmar to reconnect with family and friends, only to discover her cross-cultural education would continue in her home country. Now, she says, her job at Proximity has taught her about rural ways of life in her own backyard.

    During her first three months working with our irrigation division, Su jumped right into her new role by traveling all around the country giving sales training to field staff and developing relationships with countless farmers along the way.

    “I saw Myanmar in a way that even many people here don’t see [it],” she said. “I saw how hard rural farmers work and how they are really in need of techniques and strategies. When we’re able to provide for those needs, through Proximity, I feel like I’m doing something for my country.”

    Giving back to her community has always been a big part of Su’s life, from teaching English in Yangon during her secondary school years to volunteering with refugees in the United States. Her desire to have a positive impact drew her to Proximity’s social mission, and her love of adventure drew her to what she saw as its creative, international culture.

    Here, her role is still evolving; Su will be working with a number of different teams during her first few months to find the perfect position for her within the organization. It won't be the first time someone who's multi-talented and versatile was hired at Proximity and given a taste of different roles before defining their own. So far, Su's enjoying her role at sales, and we can't wait to see where she'll end up. 




    1000 Words

     passengers doze off and chat on the circle train

    On Yangon's circle train people chat, nap, and stare out the windows, barely noticing the constant flood of goods that comes on and off the wagons as people transport vegetables and fruits from rural fields to the city. At Proximity, our products flow in the opposite direction, from our Yangon factory to the hands of 95,000 rural customers nationwide. Getting our products to remote villages that are sometimes hours by boat or motorbike from the nearest town can be a challenge, but we count on the help of  1000+ village led organizations, 175 independent retail shops, 710 independent agents, and 180 Proximity staff to get our products to over 100 townships nationwide. So when we see a vendor pile his bananas across the wagon floor, we're filled with recognition of the effort that it takes to transport products to and from villages like Tha Min Oke in Myanmar's Dry Zone or Boe Yaung in deep in the Irrawaddy Delta. 



    1000 Words: Products that transform and delight

    In 3 days we'll launch Season 9, our 9th year of serving rural families with products and services that increase incomes and productivity. Currently all of our field staff are in Yangon learning all about the new products we're offering this year, and next week they'll head back to their areas to start selling.