In the mid-90s the regional government set up a cooperative in the Penanggungan village of Mojokerto designed to help improve the lives of the people
living there, but with little local involvement from the start, it quickly failed.
Following the failure of the government cooperative, the community established their own organisation, Brenjonk, and started selling organic rice to help boost the incomes of local families. As it grew, the organisation built greenhouses which take up very little space, but have helped to optimise the growing process and improve the quality of the crop the community produces. This improved
quality has subsequently enabled Brenjonk to sell to supermarkets, which has boosted the income of local families by an extra 300,000 - 500,000 per month.
Goals and objectives
With an increasing number of greenhouses, there is a real opportunity for Brenjonk to continue to grow. Now producing around 6,000 packs per month, they are already targeting 30,000 in the near future.