Proximity Designs

South Pasadena, California, USA


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Our aim is to have a significant impact on a large scale. 76% of Myanmar’s poor live in rural areas and we offer those households an array of irrigation products, as well as micro finance and extension services that increase farmers’ yields and incomes. We have a decade's experience and are active in 10,000+ villages throughout Myanmar.

What We Do

Proximity is an award winning, Myanmar based social enterprise that designs and delivers income-boosting products and services to rural households. We apply human-centered design to create low cost tools that unleash the entrepreneurial potential of our rural customers. In the past ten years, we’ve created, manufactured and distributed a range of irrigation products including treadle pumps, drip kits, water storage, and solar-powered irrigation products. Additionally, we offer financial inclusion products specifically suited to the natural cycles of rural businesses, which helps us ensure that micro-loan repayment schedules allow farmers to sell their crops when the price is highest. Lastly, we deploy a team of agronomists throughout Myanmar to provide on site assistance for farmers, helping them diagnose pests and disease and teaching them climate-smart techniques to improve their yields.


Claudia S
Claudia S.

Design Project Lead

Jim T.

Co-Founder & CEO