Produced by the Arthur Guiness Fund, the British Council, in collaboration with PRCF Indonesia.
Supporting village socioeconomic initiatives
PRCF’s social entrepreneur program is presently unfolding in Indonesia, in partnership with Dayak and Melayu populations in West Kalimantan. With Dayak women, and linked to the Dayak Cultural Arts Revitalisation Program, we work to facilitate and promote the marketing of contemporary ikat weavings, which includes training in the craft and in markets and promotion.
With Melayu populations living adjacent to target forest conservation areas, we promote sustainable harvesting and marketing of commercial oil-bearing seeds from Tengkawang trees belonging to the Meranti tree group (Shorea spp.). We are in process of establishing a Tengkawang Community Program that entails conservation of the natural resource base, and sustainable use and marketing of Tengkawant oil to support improved livelihood conditions in the landscape.
Further to the above, PRCF Indonesia is also helping local communities in Kapuas Hulu to establish a mineral water enterprise, harvesting and marketing mineral waters from a nearby protected watershed. The program entails watershed forest conservation aspects as well as village development work, all included within the framework of a village cooperative initiative.
Out social entrepreneurship programs entail training to local community stakeholders in sustainable production methods, financial aspects, marketing and promotion, and village institutional development, inclusive of establishment of village self-help groups and villager cooperatives.
Further details on our social entrepreneurship program with Dayak Ikat weavings can be found here, and additional information on our tengkawant-based social entrepreneurship can be found here.