Sustainable livelihoods for women in Indonesia
In Indonesia’s West Sumatra and Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) provinces, people living in remote villages and on urban outskirts. They rely on farming and livestock to make a living.
However, natural disasters, climate variation and dwindling farm jobs have taken their toll on the rural poor. Many people do not have access to equipment or techniques; that could boost their yields, and help them achieve financial stability, and insure livelihoods.
International Waqf Fund has funded successful mushroom cultivation projects as livelihoods for women in disaster-prone areas as of Indonesia since 2012. Mushroom cultivation offers a good opportunity for income generation among poor communities as start-up costs are low and demand often exceeds supply.
mushroom businesses as a livelihood for women
In 2014, 60 women obtained training and support to establish their mushroom businesses as a livelihoods for women. Moreover, ongoing support was provided to 65 mushroom entrepreneurs from the previous year to help improve their yields and income. The women selected for the new training were either landless, farm labourers, widows, survivors of recent disasters or highly vulnerable to future disasters such as flooding.
As part of the training the women first learned how to cultivate mushrooms. They also learned to receive tools, equipment and seeds of suitable varieties. The mushroom production sites were constructed using local materials such as bamboo and sawdust waste that would otherwise have been burnt. Later, the training focused on post-harvest management, adding value, product development and marketing.
With the help of International Waqf Fund, some of the poorest people in Indonesia now have a sustainable income to help meet the needs of their families. In addition to build a better future.
The difference between IWF and other organisations is that IWF will invest your donations. In addition to bringing a sustainable return year on year. It will also serve people indefinitely.