I am A. Muh. Ilham, 40, I was born in the Soppeng Regency, South Sulawesi province. I attended Penah College majoring in Financial Management at the School of Management.
As a social activist, I have been active in several non-governmental organizations since 2002, concentrating on mentoring groups and community development in some locations. This includes the Community Assistance Centre for Freshwater Fisheries in Lake Tempeh.
In 2007 we formed the Institute for Empowerment of Farmers-Breeders unified Indonesia districts Soppeng, by fostering 15 farmer groups and livestock in 8 Districts in Soppeng through facilitation group of farmers. This include those conducting potato cultivation and the cultivation of soybeans.
In 2011, I formed the organization Association of Street Vendors Soppeng to empower groups of women farmers, a group of fish cultivators, and groups of poultry breeders
Starting from an anxiety to see the condition of the rural poor who live menggantunkan as rice cultivators and earn wages that are not comparable from their jobs.
The rice cultivators are the disadvantaged groups of more than a thousand people in Soppeng, they just hired and wages and after harvest they do not have a sideline activity except as unemployed.
From this I took the initiative to form a restless women farmers by involving mothers rice cultivators so that they could also be trying to earn extra wages for their families.
The focus of our activities to make the Integrated Food Housing programs by processing the yard of their home vacant land for cultivation of vegetable crops, poultry and fish farming.
The first step we invite mothers farmers discuss problems related to them, then regrouped and menyusung home program of integrated food by involving mothers of farmers, the next step provides a means for home activities integrated food such as seeds of vegetables, fish seeds and seedlings chicken, and then teach on them practice how to do cultivation.
Yields of cultivation of vegetables, fish and poultry they sell in the market and partly processed into chips such as corn chips and shredded fish, they already have regular customers for chips and corn market for to reach outside the area. They earn an average monthly turnover of USD 200–400 is very adequate for the needs of their day in appeals work as rice cultivators only gain USD 200 in the growing season.
Currently, the number of farmers who benefited from this activity as much as 75 men and 120 are women spread over four villages like Village Rompegading, Appanang, Pattojo and Village Jampu
We do not work alone we also involve the village government, department of fisheries, animal husbandry and community leaders, we received many suggestions and opinions of them and involving them in training activities or workshops.
Every month we began meeting regularly with the group to discuss their problems and do consulting as a business, market access, access to venture capital, support from related agencies and help connect with related parties.
Our organization does not make a profit from this activity we were purely there for them until they can be independent. Although the initial capital of organizations such as the provision of vegetable seeds, organic fertilizer, seeds and livestock breeds fish.
Currently, we also facilitate the assistance of the department of agriculture and fisheries in the form of vegetable seeds, organic fertilizer, seed fish and poultry to the sustainability of their businesses, and organizations we also plan to add a new group in the target villages that have a number of poor households many. We need capital to encourage integrated food home with the details:
- The establishment of 10 new groups with the number of 100 people, the total cost of $ 1,000 (a period of 5 months)
- Provision of a definitive plan of the group (seeds of vegetables, fish seed and Seed Organic chicken manure) in the amount of $ 2,000 (a period of 1 months)
- Training and mentoring activities of 10 groups at a cost of $ 1,000 (a period of 2 months)
- Procurement of appropriate technology at a cost of $ 5.00 (a period of 1 months)
- The cost of transport, expense reporting, documentation and communication during events $ 5.00 (a period of 12 months)
We hope to realize our mission to create a village in Soppeng and food buffer Tough village in the province of South Sulawesi.
Blogpost and picture submitted by A. Muh. Ilham (Indonesia): amuhilham[at]gmail.com
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