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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.
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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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Selling embroidery crafts at the Pillayarpatti Temple

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I felt a great benefit and satisfied from the MicroAid course. I learned how to make embroidered fabric with attractive designs but using simple techniques. Now 4 months after the training, I have developed my own craft products and have started selling them at my local market. This is a much better opportunity for me to increase my income.

My name is Jamuna from Pillayarpatti village, Tamil Nadu, India. Initially I was a housewife. At that time, the economic situation of my family was in big trouble. To increase my family income, I was working in some embroidery shops in my village and got a little income.

Jamuna sells her embroidery crafts at the Pillayarpatti temple

I attended a short training course to make embroidery offered by Ford Trust in Pillayarpatti. Then I followed the MicroAid Projects training to expand my embroidery techniques in making embroidery. I had training in making embroidered fabric for toys and dolls. (See MicroAid-project report FTIN9082). I felt a great benefit and satisfied from the MicroAid course. I learned how to make embroidered fabric with attractive designs but using simple techniques.

Now 4 months after the training, I have developed my own craft products and have started selling them at my local market. This is a much better opportunity for me to increase my income. Now I earn more per day than I used to earn working as a labourer at the embroidery factory. Per day on average I can get US $1.63 – $2.04 from the sale of my crafts. Sometimes just getting $1.02 when not much visitor and could reach $5 if in holiday and many visitors who come to the temple. Now I sell my embroidery crafts at the famous temple in Pillayarpatti village where many people come to pray. I would like to say a big thank you to Ford Trust and MicroAid for my skills training.

Now I have a good future.

Warm regards,
Jamuna

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Project report: Learning how to weave colourful carpets

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Result & Benefit

The project result is very helpful and useful for the applicant and her accompanied persons. She managed to start her own business which earned her good profit. She is using the profit for the development of her family and utilizing it for the expansion of her small carpet weaving work. The benefit of the project is also very encouraging, as the applicant started earning income in a dignified manner and also created job benefits for other unemployed women of her area, who started earning some income and got the opportunity to learn the skill of carpet weaving.

The applicant informed that she has to face problem at the hands of middle man, who previously was supplying her raw material, but with the intervention of the staff of PWF and community members the problem was solved and now she is working without any fear and tension.

Beneficiaries

  1. Mrs. Shabnum Rafiq

  2. Mrs. Surriya Balqees

  3. Mrs. Shahnaz w/o Mohd Hussain

  4. Mrs. Abida w/o Mohd Javed

  5. Mrs. Nargis w/o David


Comment

  1. Shabnum Rafiq: The beneficiary is satisfied with the opportunity provided to her through MicroAid Project & PWF program of Micro Credit Support for improving the financial situation of the community members. She hope that such type of valuable programs be organized on regular basis in rural areas and especially for women development.
  2. Surriya Balqees: The beneficiary is quite satisfied with the project activity. She is quite positive that promotion of Carpet Weaving Business in her area will help a good number of women to learn the skill and will get the opportunity to earn some income. She is quite hopeful that the project will has good impact on the lives of many as the activities may proceed forward.
  3. Shahnaz w/o Mohd Hussain: The beneficiary is satisfied with the support and help she has obtained from the project activity and hope that she will also get the opportunity to start her own business after learning the skill of carpet weaving. She hope that training centres be organized in rural areas where traditional work must be promoted and young girls must be given chance and opportunity to learn such skills as it will help them to earn their living easily once they get married or any un-pleasant thing happens with them in future.
  4. Abida w/o Mohd Javed: She is satisfied with the work which is being done for the welfare of the community and hope that PWF and MicroAid will help a good number of entrepreneurs in order to start or expand their small enterprises. She is quite positive that the project has brought good hopes and opportunities for many and further hope that young girls be provided opportunity to learn the skill and start their own enterprise in order to become a helping and earning hand for their families.
  5. Nargis w/o David: She is satisfied with the support provided to the application and hope that more assistance and training will be provided, so that quality work can be promoted and good profit could be earned. She believes that such projects changes the financial situation of the beneficiaries, therefore, these types of Micro Credit Finance Projects must be promoted in rural areas for women, as it will help the women to get an opportunity to become financial independent and may gain self respect.

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Project report: Learning for family business analysis

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Result & Benefit

  1. There is additional knowledge about the analysis of a family business that is currently running, from the identification of potential business to support the family, problems faced, and how solutions to these problems.
  2. Each family can understand and know how to do an analysis of both the family business, by utilizing all the potential and opportunities available in the village.
  3. Family businesses can better understand all the factors and problems the best solution of every problem that faced
  4. Conduct discussions with the family in the village, about what kind of business that are run by the family, what the problems of the business, what are the activities that have been conducted so far in order to obtain the solution of problems faced by business, the potential for what is owned by each family support in running the business.

In the analysis of this family business, successfully identify:

  • Family business, among others: selling wet and dry fish, sell clothes, make wet and dry cakes, sewing / convection, making fish crackers, Seaweed, lobster and Karamba(basket put in a stream for raising the fish)also the turtle and the sea stars.
  • The potential supporting for business family, in the form of: Capital (savings from the family), the skills acquired from the training that was held in Bajo Indah village , both facilitated by the government (such as Fish crackers) and NGOs (such as micro-credit training) and business hereditary and that other potential natural form of seafood (fish, Lobster and other)
  • Problems that are often found by the family, such as: capital, skills in managing the business and the natural environment.
  • Alternative solutions (short term) that might be attempted: Meeting business capital to each other or to the family in the village cooperative, increase skills training (making crackers)

Beneficiaries:

  1. Rustam
  2. Mukkading
  3. Arsyad
  4. Bahrun
  5. Siang
  6. Pati
  7. Hamira
  8. Suhra
  9. Hajarani
  10. Mayang

Comment:

  1. Rustam: We can find the solution of the problems that face our midst, and explore possible solutions that we can achieve, which is adjusted to the economic existence of our family
  2. Mukkading: We really hope, that our business is in path of attention the form of training and increasing skills of the family of simple equipment to support our efforts, especially in the field of plant hidroponik.
  3. Arsyad: We hope that the attention of the donors to help us in improving skills, especially lobster cultivation and the provision of capital (micro finance) for the sake of our efforts.
  4. Hamira: We really hope to be training like this can continue to proceed, given the capacity of our business is very limited and we expect in this training we get more motivation to improve a family business that is being conducted and we find other business alternative.
  5. Siang: With this training we hope to sting is up, where our business is conducted in this group, especially krupuk fish can continue to run. Not just once or twice a month pelaksanaanya. But we hope this can become routine for the family business in order to earn for the family who still work there. Where we can increase our production business (krupuk fish), so that not only waiting for orders, but we can also meet the needs of families in the villages around us (Bajo Indah)

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