A Farmer Group Plans For Expansion Using Collective Savings

CWS Indonesia | June 12, 2017

Corn pile. Photo: CWS

Corn raised. Photo: CWS

Daniel Liunokas heads the year-old, 14-member Fetomone farmers group in Enonabuasa village in West Timor, Indonesia. The group formed itself as part of the Timor Zero Hunger initiative, which CWS supports to help subsistence farm families on remote southwest Timor island have more, and more nutritious, food and better lives in general. “With support from CWS we grow more and different vegetables than in the past, and we eat most of the harvest ourselves; but we also sell some in market for cash.” We are also growing corn seedlings for next season,” explained Daniel, and we are raising chickens too. Thanks to CWS, we are sharing an incubator to help hasten hatching, and now we have 133 chickens which we hope will improve our children’s health because we now have eggs and chicken meat for them,” he added.

Talking more about his group, Daniel noted this: “Recently we started a savings group to which we each contribute Rupiah 5,000 (37¢) each month; so far, we’ve saved Rupiah 500,000 ($37), which we plan to use for more seeds and tools.” For this innovation in the Timor Zero Hunger project, CWS staff and the local Government ag extension worker have supported Fetomone members with technical advice and support for group management so they can be officially recognized by the District Agriculture and Food Security Agency, which will allow them to access government help with specialized training as well as seeds and fertilizer. “We are very proud and happy to be the first farmers group in Enonabuasa to be recognized by the government!

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