Floods are a recurrent problem for the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, damaging property and causing the evacuation of residents.
Komunitas Kapuk in the village of Penjaringan has found a way to take advantage of the flooding problem, and to provide the community with a source of income, by using the additional water for the farming of catfish. The community established a cooperative for managing new catfish farms and is helping families to bring in an additional Rp 300,000 - 500,000 per month. Despite being in a huge city like Jakarta, this community has continued to implement new initiatives and is now increasingly self-sufficient.
They have invested in their own machines for catfish farming and are making bait from the leftovers of nearby restaurants, reducing waste.
Goals and objectives
In the future, Komunitas Kapuk wants to establish a permanent general store alongside an education centre to provide even more work and support for the wider community.