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Coffee entrepreneurs seek success in Myanmar's poorest state

Partners pin hope on wine and cosmetics as tickets out of poverty

Mar Hung, center, and his partners make various products from the coffee beans they grow in the state of Chin, in western Myanmar.

YANGON -- Young people from Myanmar are starting businesses to escape poverty in Chin, the country's poorest state in Southeast Asia's least developed country.

Chin is a mountainous state in western Myanmar. Its per capita gross domestic product was around 760,000 kyat ($500 at the current exchange rate) in 2017, only about a quarter that of Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital.

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