Learning Self-Sufficiency in Mawa

Mawa, Indonesia


Mawa is a cluster consisting of several villages of various sizes. All of the villages have various problems, ranging from income and health to education and access to water. Having successfully completed a project in one village that brought a water source into the community for the first time, the GHNI team looks to build on that momentum.  


This month the team met with 1 small village consisting of around 20 households. The residents of this community were extremely receptive to the Transformational Community Development (TCD) concept and how villages can lift themselves out of poverty. One problem in the community is that they currently travel far to outside markets to find food for their families. Thus, the discussion quickly turned to farming and how growing their own vegetables can not only help their economic situation, but also provide better health and nutrition.  


The beauty of the TCD approach is that oftentimes communities get so used to dealing with their problems that it is difficult to see the solutions in front of them. Most problems can be solved with local initiative and resources. One resident said, “Maybe we don’t have to go out and look for vegetables. How about if people from the outside come here looking to purchase food?”  


GHNI looks forward to continuing to walk alongside villages in the Mawa cluster, assisting where necessary, and seeing sustainable change spread through the area. 


Thank you,



GHNI Partner TCD Worker