A loan let U Myaing buy livestock
and glasses meant his world
was no longer dark.
U Myaing lives in Myanmar with his daughter and two granddaughters, Sandar and Thandar. He works as a laborer in the paddy fields, earning less than $3 a day. He uses his wages to cover Sandar and Thandar’s school fees and household expenses. He says: “I am very happy to see my grandchildren in school; I want them to be educated. If I could live to see my grandchildren graduate and get a job, I’d be so happy. Then their lives would not be difficult like mine.”
Once HelpAge began working in his village, his life improved significantly
Through a HelpAge-organized older person’s self-help group, U Myaing received glasses and a loan to buy livestock and cover household expenses.
U Myaing worries about his family’s future
U Myaing says: “I worry about my income. I feel unsure because I do not know how I will support [my grandchildren] through college. That makes me anxious because I just want the very best for them.” His granddaughters are grateful for his love and support, and one told us: “My grandpa has taken care of me since I was born. He’s my closest friend.”