Digging Fishing Worms Provides Income

Mawa, Indonesia


Over the last two months, the GHNI team in Mawa has been methodically visiting all of the 90 households in the immediate community with the goal of getting to know the situation better of the entire village, including those who may feel excluded from Transformational Community Development (TCD) efforts due to their decision to not contribute to the previous water programme. Forty-six households have been active in TCD so far, and the remainder of families chose not to participate in the past because of suspicion or possibly conflict with other community members. Since the village TCD Committee has now chosen to explore Income Generation opportunities through livestock, it becomes important to make sure that the opportunity is open to everyone. Thus, during these home visits, the GHNI team has been discussing TCD with the wider community and collecting questionnaires in order to better understand opportunities regarding the launch of a livestock programme for livelihoods.


In the process, the team came across Diah. Diah and her husband have three children, the oldest of which is of high school age. Her husband earns some income when he can secure a place on a manual labour crew for construction projects around the greater area. Meanwhile, Diah and a few of her neighbours have found a creative way to make a little money by digging up worms and selling them for bait. “We have no capital to raise livestock, so we would be very interested to take part in a programme where we could raise livestock and dig up worms around the pen for additional income,” said Diah. “These past years we have been able to get by on rice and tubers, but we don’t have any money left over for much else besides surviving.”


The village committee and the GHNI team hope to finish collecting data in the coming months, and find a solution together on how to improve livelihoods in the Mawa Village clusters.


Thank you,

Ronny, Jeremy, Anita, Rolly

GHNI Partner and TCD Workers