Farming For A Future
Poverty makes life difficult for millions in Indonesia. One in eight people live below the poverty line – in a population of nearly 240 million, that’s 30 million people in need, more than the population of nearby Australia. One in five cannot access clean water, and there is just one doctor for every 5,000 people.
Islamic Relief was determined to give Indonesians the farming skills and opportunity they need to lift themselves, and their families, out of poverty. We selected three of the poorest villages in West Sumatra, and trained 93 women to cultivate mushrooms, produce mushroom products like chips and bakwan (an Indonesian fried snack), and market these to the public, restaurants, and government departments.
With the money they earn, these mothers can now support their entire families, sending their children to school and providing food for everyone. 40-year-old Kasniawati is a single mother of three, and the main breadwinner, so this project was just what she needed.
Kasniawati told us that the Islamic Relief farming project raised the confidence of all the women involved
and motivated them to be successful – now, she dreams of having her own mushroom plot. “It might be small,” she says, “but it will be enough to support my children’s living costs and school fees.”