Maumere

Skilled mother, happy family

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Since early June 2011, they’ve harvested cabbages 3 times with an average of about 2,000 cabbages sold every harvest. Even today Fransiska no longer needs to carry vegetables to market in the district, but it is now the buyers that come to the village and immediately buy up all the vegetables as soon as they are harvested.

Fransiska (right rear) and her husband Thomas (right front) and their children. Fransiska can now educate her
children by selling vegetables from the cabbage garden behind her house

It is the obligation of every parent to provide education for their children. But what if the family is poor and whose life and livelihood have been hit by illness and deprived of the resources, many of us take for granted? Empowering the family is one of the key strategies MicroAid projects uses to eradicate poverty. Empowered families can pay for food and education for their children on their own.

The photo above is Thomas and family with four children live in Waility village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Since 1986 Thomas was paralyzed, his legs cannot be used for walking. Thomas’s day-to-day job before he became disabled was as a fisherman. Many men in Waility village are fishermen. They look for fish in the sea and sell their catch in local markets. As a result of the illness that disabled him, Thomas can no longer work as fisherman.

There is no a worker insurance or social services in Waility village. So the livelihood to meet the needs of his family life stopped abruptly and there was no help around for a family of six. There was not enough food on the table and the children could not go to school.

Until now, Thomas does not know what causes his paralysis. Medical services are also scarce in this part of the world. One day when he woke up in the morning, he could not move his legs. His family and friends brought Thomas to the doctors and local hospital but until now the disease is not curable. In 1994, Thomas was married to Fransiska. From their marriage, Thomas has been blessed with 5 children. But one of his children died as an infant, so now there are 4 children who they are responsible for.

To support his family, Thomas worked as farm labourer in his neighbour’s vegetable garden. He carried out all his work activities crawling, because his legs could not be used. Fransiska, his wife, helped to meet the needs of their family by working as a housemaid cleaning, washing public facilities and any chore to earn money to feed the family.

Through the training for village nurseries that was funded by donors of MicroAid Projects in 2010, Fransiska has become the inspiration for mothers in Waility village to manage a cabbage vegetable garden. In early 2011, Fransiska, Thomas’s wife took over her husband’s role as the family breadwinner. Fransiska along with 6 other women, neighbours, manage together a vegetable garden that is just at the back of their house. Initially Fransiska was a housewife who filled her time caring for her family, just like most other mothers in the village.

Photo caption: Now the buyers that come to the village and immediately buy up all the vegetables as soon as they
are harvested

Since early June 2011, they’ve harvested cabbages 3 times with an average of about 2,000 cabbages sold every harvest. Even today Fransiska no longer needs to carry vegetables to market in the district, but it is now the buyers that come to the village and immediately buy up all the vegetables as soon as they are harvested.

Each harvest, Fransiska earns about £43. With this income every month, Fransiska can send their four children to the public schools in her village and buy textbooks. But the necessities of life are not only that. There are still many other things needed to further enhance the welfare of families like Fransiska.

MicroAid Projects with a method of learning business skills as an approach to empower the poor family, invites you all to give a big opportunity for groups of poor families in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda to learn new skills that can be used to improve the welfare families so that they can educate their children independently and sustainably.

Today, Thomas and four of his children help Fransiska after school in the watering and clearing the family’s garden with pride. They are very grateful to MicroAid donors who have given them the opportunity to learn new skills and how to make money from a vegetable garden so that they can find a way to eradicate their poverty themselves.

A little help for a better future for one poor family – MicroAid.

Thank you MicroAid donors
from
Thomas and Fransiska

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Friendly visit to Maumere

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We made a long trip to Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia in May 2011. Toby and Amber Beresford and Jalu make a friendly visit to the city of Maumere, Sikka District, to see at first hand the development of MicroAid Projects that have been funded.  We wanted to see how the actual condition of these families has changed as a result of the generosity of MicroAid Projects donors.
Amber with a woman who learn to make woven clothes
The journey began by flying from Jakarta to Denpasar (Bali) and then using a small propeller aircraft to Maumere. The total trip took 9 hours. During the 2 day visit, we met directly with the MicroAid community facilitation partners and the families who have been carrying out the MicroAid Projects. All were very enthusiastic about our visit as outside visitors are not common in this part of Indonesia and warmly welcomed us on our arrival.
On this visit, we met with MicroAid families who had learnt to make various different home enterprise products that will improve their livelihoods and their family incomes through MicroAid learning grants:
  • Garden vegetables such as broccoli and mustard seed.
  • Using fermented garden fertilizer on their land
  • Making woven clothes with simple tools
  • Cashew nut processing
  • Introduction to healthy family living
Here are photos of our visit. Hopefully, this friendly visit has given moral and material support for MicroAid families and their community facilitation partners.   Many now have better skills to improve the welfare of their family.  As always, there is still much to be done and we left with determination to try to do more with your help.

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