Our Community Development program is based on skills, empowerment, and sustainability. We usually start developing artisan community by providing new skills or expanding heritage skills, empowering them with tools and other necessities such as raw materials (recycle), and help them with their sales and marketing so they can have a sustainable income.
We come to understand that when people stays and work in their villages, with sufficient help they could have a better life and at the same time preserve their traditional heritage. Therefore, it is our wish for them to live and work in their villages instead of flocking the big cities. An endeavor often turns into even bigger misery for them because they leave behind their homes, their families and their traditional values.
We truly believe by using skills they inherited, raw materials available to them, and perhaps even working with other neigbouring communities, they can make valuable unique hand made products in their villages. Heritage skills are valuable assets to a country cultural identity. And villages home based industry plays an important role in national economy. If you empower an artisan, let say a bamboo basket artisan, and follow FAIR TRADE practices, you are helping him or her to feed his or her family, protect heritage skills, and help village home industry to have sustainable growth.
From artisans living in villages in Java and other island in Indonesia, to the Marunda women in Jakarta, and women from our Ibu Ibu Yang Bikin program, these are samples of our Community Development programs which we show case through our "LoKal Indonesia Market", or Paisley Things Open House, or other shows and small bazaars in Jakarta. We will not start a program unless we know it is sustainable.
What We Do
- Capacity Building for artisans
- Product Ideas, Design Method, and Materials Selection
- Encouraging eco-friendly sustainable product development
- Skills enhancement, better tools for better products
- Quality Control, Consistency, and Work Schedules
- Working capital seed fund for start up artisans
A Jakarta event to show select group of artisans from villages in Indonesia with quality hand made products.
Empowering women in Marunda Community Housing Project through skill and product development.
In June 2018 we were introduced to a group of women in Jatinegara - East of Jakarta. These women are single mothers looking to improve their home economy.
Our Open House program facilitate creative people within artisan community who make beautiful environmentally friendly handmade crafts by helping them exhibit and market their products.
Women from the church community in South Jakarta help market and sell products from our recycled soap program during their Sunday market.