With little work available in the farming village of Kemediang, an increasing number of people were leaving to find work in cities. As a response, some of the women in the village established semi-formal groups to provide support for each other. These groups were fully integrated into Kelompok Tani Wanita by the village leader,
which provided a structure for farming and distributing crops such as corn and rice, but still the village saw little development overall.
Nurcahyo, a student from UGM in Yogyakarta, came across the village while searching for a senior year community service project. With the KTW network already in place, he saw an opportunity to turn the village’s crops into value-added, speciality products. Processing the crops to make Indonesian snacks such as kripik, emping and jamu greatly increased their value, and establishing a cooperative helped cut out middlemen. After its transformation, KTW Sedya Mulia now includes over 600 women who are making an additional Rp 100,000 - 200,000 per month for their families.
The program’s success is encouraging more people to stay in the villages and has helped build its reputation throughout the region.
Goals and objectives
Production is currently occurring in four of the village’s 11 sub-villages, and the project plans to expand to the remaining neighbourhoods as well.
In the future the community also plans to create a program for tourists.