Female Aritsan of Timor Island

Nurture the Community

Our craftswomen used to weave individually. They didn't have work standards as most of the time they only weave for themselves. They are afraid to dream big due to economic issues. Commonly, they would take out a loan with a great interest rate for farm capital.

They have yet to realize the true value of their works.

Through weaving, we hope that they are able to stand on their own two feet and eventually stop being financially dependent.

We don't merely purchase their products at a decent price. We intend to take one step further. We are building the community by developing a system where they are assigned roles to do specific tasks.

Weaving Training Groups

With the help of Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes or Badan Usaha Milik Desa), we formed the weaving training groups to enhance their weaving skills. In every village, we have Master Weavers who lead the groups. It is a role that is assigned to those who are considered to have expert weaving skills. They have the responsibilities to educate and train other weavers and also introduce weaving to the youths.

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Mama Kris acts as a field supervisor. She has to coordinate with other weavers and give them the tasks to do the production based on the inquiry. She also verifies the quality and quantity of the finished products. Additionally, she scouts for potential weavers and non-weavers to be enlisted in the training groups.