Virgin-Coconut Oil Processing Based Near Home

Polewali, Indonesia


Jobs are hard to come by in the Indonesian village of Polewali. Many families are separated for years at a time as fathers like Salama will travel far from home to find work. After spending years away from home, Salama returned to his village to see if he could use his experience to earn income locally while also employing his neighbours.  


He has been marginally successful in setting up a business buying old boat rope and employing community members to break it down and re-spin it into smaller rope to be sold at local markets.  


Satria is a respected man in the village for this, and although his workers work full-time for less than a third of the minimum wage, they feel that it is better than having no work at all. 


Realising the dire need for local employment, the Transformational Community Development (TCD) training team in Polewali coordinated with community leaders like Satria to help develop a locally-managed, virgin-coconut oil processing facility directly in the village.  


This facility is able to employ 10 people in the community, full-time, at the local minimum wage. For these 10 families the impact is great, as they never imagined having such an opportunity in their own village.  


The TCD team looks forward to working with village leaders like Satria to spread the impact from these community-owned businesses that add value to coconut by-products, such as shells, husks, water, and oil sediment that can be made into soap.  


Additionally, in order to maximise the impact from income generation activities such as coconut oil and rope, there is a great need for lessons on financial management, nutrition, and education.  


Although lives are beginning to be changed, the TCD team acknowledges that they have only scratched the surface of village transformation. Stay tuned as the programme moves forward, and along with key community members, the GHNI team works to see the creation of a truly sustainable and replicable framework toward new lives. 


Didi, Indro, Jeremy & Eva
GHNI Partner TCD Workers

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Satria” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.