Little growth without loans for small firms

Fujiyama Printing Press would like to grow. The firm sees an opportunity to muscle in to the business of printing daily newspapers, with what it claims is a clear business case and interested customers lined up. Expanding small printing businesses such as this one in Yangon can be an expensive affair. Photo: Thiri Lu / […]

Motorcycle repair shops dodge Yangon ban

More disconcerting, though, is the traffic. Motorcycles are outlawed from Yangon’s urban townships, markedly changing the manner of traffic in the city from the rest of Myanmar, and most of Southeast Asia. Yet there are a few motorbikes to be seen. Many are used for law enforcement, while some are driven outside the rules. To […]

Splash for handset vendors after Thingyan destruction

It was damaged by water while its owner danced during New Years. Initially it looked like it would survive the experience, but now it is totally destroyed. “I went to a repair shop for my phone,” he said. “But it was expensive to repair, so I decided to just buy a new one instead.” Ko […]

Success brings its own trouble for Yangon getaway

Catering to holidaymakers when the sun is shining, then returning to a former job in the rainy season means two income streams for most families living at Yankin Tha riverfront. The getaway site, located about 30 miles (48 kilometres) west of Yangon near Ayeyarwady Region’s Nyaungdon town, has created something of a boom for what […]