Indonesia, Agriculture and livelihood security

Generating income for women's crafts

Number: 200.1017

In Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, the local population has so far lived largely on agricultural self-sufficiency. However, massive environmental changes have forced many families to find new sources of income. In the projects supported by Mission 21, it is primarily women who are trained in the production and marketing of handicrafts and agricultural and culinary products in order to increase their income. They are also supported in organizing themselves into producer groups.

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Activities

• Promotion of organic farming, the processing of agricultural products and their marketing

• Sustainable management of raw materials for artisanal production, especially rattan

• Training courses on product development, pricing, quality assurance, marketing and business organisation

• Workshops on the development and manufacture of woven, textile and combined products

• Development of new sources of income through food production (e.g. pastries, soy milk, fruit juices) and catering

• Founding and counselling of an interfaith cooperative organisation of female producers based in Banjarmasin

• Granting micro-loans for individual and collective business startups

• Arranging internships in regional and national production and marketing centres for producers from remote regions

• Organisational development, training in handicraft techniques and marketing is provided by the Fair Trade Organisation APIKRI based in Yogyakarta