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Debbie Aung Din is Co-founder of Proximity Designs, a non-profit social enterprise operating in Myanmar since 2004. Proximity designs, makes and sells products and services that provide a path out of poverty for rural families, while adapting to and mitigating climate change. These include small farm technologies, biological inputs, water-saving irrigation devices, rural financial services, and regenerative farming advisory services. Proximity operates a design lab in Yangon. Products are designed for extreme affordability and typically boost productivity and incomes by over $250, so families can afford basic necessities. Proximity has customers using products and services in over 10,000 villages in 180 townships across Myanmar.
Aung Din has lived and worked in Mississippi, Cambodia and Indonesia. She has worked for NGOs, USAID, the UN and the World Bank. Aung Din holds a MA from Harvard University in public policy and development economics. She received awards from the Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) and Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship. She has been engaged in design and economic research in Myanmar since 1995.