Small Kiosk – Home baked Cakes – Better Life

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Magdalena Parera, single parent, now has a small kiosk in front of her house. The stall comes from the profits of selling home baked cakes. Thank God, now she can also sell cakes made by her family and neighbors too. Before MicroAid training, Magdalena just left her cookies in the neighboring stall. Magdalena is no longer just a cake maker. Now she is more than just a producer, but now she is a seller and marketer of traditional home baked pastries and cakes.

Photo caption: Magdalena (right) with her family in front of her kiosk

Magdalena is one of the trainees who learned how to make snacks at home at Hewuli village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia in July 2011. Prior to attending the training, Magdalena was a cassava crisp maker and selling her crisps in kiosks around her neighbourhood and at her children’s school. In the training, Magdalena and friends learnt how to make cookies and cakes. Kind of snacks like this has a higher value than cassava crisps.

One day after training, Magdalena and her friends made cookies and cakes to be sold in the bazaar which was held at the big Church in Maumere. (See photo below). Results were very satisfactory. Cakes sold at £4 with a gross profit of over £3 not including labour. The net profits ( after deduction of 50% for each producer) received from the sale in the bazaar were collected in group savings and used as capital together to develop the business of making pastries and cakes run with her friends.

Photo caption: Home baked cakes and pastries made by Magdalena

To attract buyers, the sponge cake is decorated like a colorful birthday cake. Magdalena also sells cake for Christmas and New Year. These home baked cakes received an overwhelming response from the customers. Profits earnt by Magdalena ranged from £5 – £10 per day. Pretty impressive figures in this poor area of Indonesia where incomes on average are less than £2 per day.

Step by step, Magdalena collected the money from the sale of the cookies. The result is a beautiful kiosk built in front of her house. Currently Magdalena is also a motivator for other housewives. “I encourage my friends to make a change so that today must better than yesterday. I always say this to my friends when they visit my kiosk”, Magdalena.

Good luck Magdalena and another little job done by MicroAid.

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Family vegetable garden Pioneer in Wailiti

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Fransiska’s idea to create a family vegetable garden has inspired women in Wailiti to follow in her footsteps.

Fransiska and neighbors at the time of harvest vegetable mustard

Fransiska is a housewife who received a MicroAid donor project in Vegetable Garden Training in early 2011 (read her story Skilled mother, happy family) with her neighbours. At that time, the idea to create a family vegetable garden received a negative response from many women in her village. They assumed that the land in Wailiti was not fertile and barren, so it could not be planted with vegetables. Wailiti is a village located by the sea on the island of Flores, overlooking the Indonesian Ocean. Fransiska’s house is just 50 metres from the beach.

Currently, less than 2 years after the idea was implemented by Fransiska, many women in Wailiti, even men and young people are following Fransiska idea to create a family vegetable garden. When you visit Wailiti now, there are many family vegetable gardens behind or beside the houses. Fransiska is currently also busy selling vegetable seeds to her neighbors who want to get broccoli, kale, mustard greens and corn seedlings. Now, Wailiti village is a green and lush. Who says that the land on the waterfront cannot be planted vegetables? Fransiska and friends have the answer.

Look around our village; now there is green in every corner of the village. Many family vegetable gardens are popping up

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Children always give hope

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Children always give hope

What do you think when you see the eyes of the children who want to learn and play with their friends at school. Meet the children below as Amber Beresford did in Wailiti village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Children always give hope. Here we saw a lot of hope. We help their parents to have the skills so they can send their own children to school, with their own money.  After MicroAid Projects training and selling their products, such as woven bags and purses and fermented banana drinks, now they can develop their lives through their own hard work, some new business skills thanks to MicroAid and perseverance.

Amber, one of regular donors MicroAid Projects, with children in Wailiti village during her visit in May 2011

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Life becomes easier through the family vegetable garden

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Meta, one of Fransiska’s daughters, is wateringkale seeds using a hose pipe purchased from the results of the vegetableharvest of rural cabbages (collard) and broccoli. All are happy because it iseasier to water the plants using a water hose, no need to use the bucket.

We live and manage the family vegetable garden In Wailiti village, Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is currently the end of dry season and will coming to rainy season soon so we need a lot of water for watering the plants. We have also just finished planting spinach seeds.

Praise God, from the harvest result of cabbage and broccoli we grew on the same land, and with additional funding we get from MicroAid, then we can buy a new water pump. This allows us to water our plants. We are all happy because it is easier to water the plants using a water hose, no need to use a bucket that we had to take water from far away.

Again and again, we are grateful for the grace of God. All has become much easier now. Easy to water the plants because we use a water hose, easy to care for the garden because the whole family helped and easy sell our harvest because buyers come directly to our gardens to buy the crop.

Fransiska and four other housewives with the help of their children are currently busy taking care of vegetable gardens run by the family. In January 2011, they only manage a vegetable garden area of 100 m2 which planted only cabbages. Because so many were interested in the results of the vegetable garden, now they have added to their garden area up to 400 m2 with kale, collards and broccoli. Thank you MicroAid and the Toby Beresford family, who came to visit us last year.
Read the full project report here

If you want to buy our crops, please visit to our village…

Fransiska and family group,
Wailiti village, Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia


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My first sewing stall

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I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Maliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely.

My name is Marselina, I live with my two children who are still in school in the Public Elementary Schools in Magepanda village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Since August 2011 I have started receiving orders to sew women clothes and tablecloths.

I was sewing a tablecloth. Meliana (my friend who lent her sewing tools) is being guided me

I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Meliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely. The training that we followed on June 2011 was Sewing Practical. In the training we learned how to sew and use embroidery machine.

One week after training, we held a bazaar in front of the Church where we worship together every Sunday. In the bazaar we sold out all of our results of our training, such as tablecloths, flags and pastries made by other groups. For my group, we made US $34 from the sale of 6 tablecloths. Then we put the money into a savings group to help buy more materials using micro-credit loans to our members.

I initiated borrowing money $11 from the group as my sewing business capital. I bought yarns and sewing equipment such as needles, scissors, measuring instruments and others. I will return the loan to be repaid over 4 months plus interest of 1%. While sewing tools (not machine) I borrowed from my friend Marselina, whose kind mother lends me her tools every Saturday and Sunday.

I (red t-shirt) and my friends are following the sewing training

On average every month I received 10 orders from neighbors in the village to sew tablecloths. One tablecloth I sell at a price of $6 with net profit of about $3. So in one month I can earn approximately $30. This money is pretty huge for me because previously I did not make any money myself. My husband is a motorcycle taxi driver in the village.

I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. Thanks to MicroAid Projects donors who gave the chance for me and my friends to do the training and become business women with the first sewing stall in our village.

Loving greetings, Marselina

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