local business development
Through LBD workshops, budding entrepreneurs are provided with training in Health, Environment, and Safety, procurement procedures, business ethics, project management, technical aspects and financial management to develop their capacity. In 2008, our LBD program was recognized by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources through the Padma Award for Social Solidarity.
Our multi-year economic development “PRISMA” program provides small grants, capacity building training, technical assistance and access to loan through micro finance institutions to local farmer groups, small businesses and cooperatives in 11 regencies and cities in Riau, East Kalimantan and West Java. In total, the PRISMA program supports more than 1,200 beneficiaries. The program covers assistance in 20 sectors, including agriculture, fishery, processed food commodities, creative industry in the form of tenun (weaving) and batik making, as well as the establishment of eco-cultural tourism villages.
We introduced an integrated farming practice to the Sakai people in Riau by providing them with agricultural, fishery and livestock training as well as technical assistance. In 2013, a cooperative was established to better assist the Sakai farmers in managing their fish and duck farming and agriculture products as well as product marketing and distribution.
A group for people with disabilities and women in Balikpapan was provided with a series of training, equipment, materials and marketing help to produce environmentally-friendly batik products. Similar assistance in batik-making is also being offered to a group of women in Rumbai through the establishment of Cempaka Batik House. Training and assistance in craft production are also provided to women in three different districts in East Kalimantan. These women are trained to transform non-recycled agricultural and plastic trash into craft products, such as purses, artificial flowers and tote bags. In Dumai, we provide assistance to Putri Tujuh weaving group, who produce beautiful Siak traditional weaving cloth.
Started in late 2012, together with our partner, we established a program of which the main objectives are to increase the income of local coconut famers and coconut and palm sugar processors in seven villages in Penajam Paser Utara Regency, East Kalimantan, through the application of good agriculture and processing practices. The program had provided benefits to more than 280 and nearly 1,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries, respectively. Some 40 small businesses have successfully increased their income through the reduction of production costs, product diversification, and better product quality.