Daw Thein Thein Win, The Tea Shop Owner

Daw Thein Thein Win loves tea. She’s been working alongside her family in their tea shop since 1996. And while Thein loves her work, she wants so much more for her daughters.

So she began taking out affordable loans from Accion partner DAWN to buy milk in bulk from the wholesale market; it’s far better than paying moneylenders back 10 percent in interest every month, and it allows Thein to set more aside for her girls. “Everything I do is for my two children,” Thein said. “I’m much happier spending money on my children’s school fees and on more milk than on a loan.”