The Future Glory Story
Future Glory Co. Ltd. was founded by a young married couple, Mrs. Naw Moe Moe Aye Dwe and Mr. Kyaw Ko Ko Win, in 2019.
As our founders are Christians, they named the company “Future Glory”. They started out together with God and mean to glorify God in the work they do, at present and in the future.
The seed of our glorious business was built around Mrs. Naw Moe Moe Aye Dwe’s father’s wish. His Name is Saw Norman Dwe. He wanted to build better futures for farmers in his wife’s home of Thandaung in Kayin State. Her name is Naw’s Heidi. This is also Naw’s birthplace, and she used to visit with her family quite often.
Thandaung is a very remote area and over 70 years, it slid into greater poverty. Saw Norman Dwe always donated necessities to the locals, but it wasn't effective enough to improve their lives.
So, he thought of a better way for the area & the locals to flourish.
Pride of Karen
Kayin State is in southeastern Myanmar, bordering Mandalay and Shan State to the north. Its ethnic people are the Karen, including the Sgaw Kayin, Pwo Kayin, Bwe Kayin and Paku Kayin, each with their own distinct languages.
The people of Kayin State traditionally relied extensively on agriculture for their livelihoods. Major crops are rice, rubber, sugarcane, coffee, cardamom, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Local subsistence farming has been historically undermined by many hardships.
The mountainous Hpapun and Thandaunggyi areas have far less flat arable land than southern Kayin State, although coffee and cardamom are viable cash crops. Kayin State’s network of rivers are a major mode of everyday travel.
There are many virgin lands but also many problems prevent their development.
Two main problems hindered development and kept farmers poor: a lack of knowledge of agricultural techniques and little to no exposure to high value markets.
The farmers were unable to grow high quality produce and faced exploitation from the middlemen. These brokers undervalued the farmers’ produce, thereby pushing their profits down.
At the same time, the demand for organic vegetables and fruit was growing in Myanmar and globally.
We fully backed Saw Norman Dwe’s dream. The moment we decided to invest everything into our agribusiness, our lives completely changed. Before we were 100% urban. Since 2011, we have owned a mobile phone shop in a shopping mall in central Yangon.
We gave this up, sold our business and invested everything in Future Glory. We were going to work in some of Myanmar’s most remote, rural regions with some of its poorest people. Our goal – to produce incredible fruits and vegetables from our glorious land.
A Fresh Start
It was a business with so many opportunities, but it had to start by appealing to the farmers. We needed to cultivate new skills in soil management, growing, harvesting and post-harvest. Transporting fruit and vegetables needs to reach the market quickly and with the utmost care.
We established Future Glory Ltd. Co. in 2018. Our mission was to assist vulnerable, agriculture-dependent communities in remote areas of Kayin State and Shan State and to bridge them to high-value organic markets. Our focus was to tap into the region’s economic potential and unlock agricultural productivity.
For this transformation from subsistence poverty to a strong sustainable supply chain, we needed support. We began applying for grants to JICA, USAID, and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), funded by Canadian Aid.
Our approach required setting up farmers with a business mindset, shifting from traditional, generational agricultural knowledge to in-demand premium products that offer a profit. We understood that we needed to support farmers to do this properly, so we set up knowledge sharing, access to improved technologies, and GAP farming.
We became members of the Sun Business Network, and a provisional member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). We are in the process of becoming a guaranteed member in 2022.
We have three offices across the country, Yangon, Heho and Thandaunggyi.
Our main office in Yangon has 14 employees, including 60% women. The Yangon office manages administration, financial, government liaison, export, trading, and international relations.
The two branch offices are in Heho, Shan State and Thandaunggyi, Kayin State, with one farm manager at each. The Heho office manages our demo farm and 17 contracted farmers.
The Thandaung office manages our demo farm and ten contracted farmers. We have meetings together every week.
Our agronomist and team have strong coordination and collaboration between all farmer groups. This ensures that we can collect our produce and deliver it to market on time. We use crop calendars and high-quality seeds for scale and quality.