• Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Update Sustainability Project in Deles Sidorejo

In 2011 after the eruption of Mt. Merapi QuakeFund had funded 2 projects, snacks project and chicken farm project, in Deles Village to help the villagers to develop their economy after the disaster. It is been 3 years and the projects have successfully rapidly growing. The family groups who funded by QuakeFund now been incorporated which passed on April 21, 20012 with the name Koperasi Serba
Usaha (KSU) Srikandi Dharma Bakti. This organization had developing those 2 previous projects to 4 projects.

1.  Investment

KSU Srikandi gives opportunities for the investor to invest in their projects, especially in agriculture, livestock, and commerce.

2. Agriculture and Livestock

Agriculture and livestock is the main livelihood of the villagers in Deles. The organization is still developing this field for the welfare of the farmers.

a. Agriculture

Agricultural products from Deles are corn, vegetables, fruits, and oyster mushroom. At this moment this organization is developing organic agriculture to the farmers. Two months ago it starts to give mentoring to the farmers in how to do the organic agriculture. They will start to plant when the raining season starts in November. In the future KSU Srikandi still needs help to develop the organic agriculture.

organic fertilizer

Organic Chili Plants

Mushroom

 

b. Livestock

The organization has successfully created someresilience breeder who has more than 1000 chicken. They become resilience breeder after join the organization. Now under the organization, it has more than 2000 chicken with 70 families still active. The organization is planning to add more chicken when the raining season starts in November.

 

3. Food and Beverage

To increase the sale value of the agriculture products, they process it into food and beverage. There are five groups who still active to process the agriculture product such banana, mushrooms, cassava, betel leaves, and potato, to chips and sell it to the local market. For the spice product, there are five families who make it to special traditional drink called wedang rempah (spice drink), ginger, and turmeric. This product is successfully marketed international, especially Belgia and USA. In September 2014, the organization exhibit their products at Merapi Organic Agriculture Exhibition in Plaza Ambarukmo, Yogyakarta to introduce their beverage product to public.

Organic Agriculture Exhibition in Plaza Ambarukmo, Yogyakarta

Chairperson of KSU Srikandi and The Board of QuakeFund (from left to right: Bakti Widiarti, Yamik Jarwani, Dave Hodgkin)

 

4. Agribusiness

KSU Srikandi gather the product of the agriculture such coffee and clove from Sidorejo for sale to the market.

 

Thanks to these projects the villagers can develop their economy after the eruption and became resilience community at the foot of Mt. Merapi.  In the future KSU Srikandi is planned to keep evolve their projects to make it sustainable for all the community.

 

Next Project

For the next project QuakeFund see the possibility to working together with KSU Srikandi in permaculture and organic agriculture project. QuakeFund concerns to assist the organization to promoting sustainable and durable agriculture for the harmony of the local population in Deles.

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