Project de Fahi

Tulakadi village located in East Tasifeto district is chosen to be involved in our impact projects. The demographic and geographic aspects such as craftsmanship, land use, socio-economic issues, and educational problems become the reasons as to why we choose the villagers of Tulakadi as our project beneficiaries.

Tulakadi village is located in East Tasifeto district, which is considered to be an impoverished area in Belu regency. It directly borders with the neighbouring country, East Timor, which led to many refugees who eventually resided in this village.

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Problem Background

The Struggles of Tulakadi Villagers

The villagers of Tulakadi utilize dry land to grow corns and yams. The absence of irrigation system leads to drought which allows the crops to be harvestable only once a year. The nearest upwelling has the distance of roughly 500 meters from the village. Even though there is water pipe that goes through the village, the availability of the water running through the pipe mostly depends on rainfall.

The women along with their children have to travel the distance of 500 meters to the nearest upwelling while carrying jerry cans to collect water
During dry season which lasts around 4 months, the water barely reaches the village which eventually renders difficulties in obtaining clean water. Consequently, the villagers have to carry jerry cans and travel 1 kilometer round-trip to collect water. This situation worsens their standard of living, from the struggles to obtain drinking water to crop failures due to irrigation problems. Ultimately, they have to find alternatives to generate better income, which is raising livestock.

The Piggery Development

Nevertheless, the farm capital to raise pigs is considerably high, allowing only few villagers who are able to do the job. For instance, a one-month old piglet costs IDR 1,200,000, the pigfeed required for 6 months costs around IDR 500,000 - 700,000, and the cost to build the hog pen is IDR 4,000,000. The pig is eligible to be sold after it reaches the age of 6 month, which costs around IDR 3,000,000. However, the profit will be used to cover the debt used for 6 months to raise the pig.

A hog pen made from trunks
A one-month old piglet belongs to Tulakadi villagers

The pigfeed which consists of rice bran and sweet potato (sometimes mixed with tofu dreg)
Meanwhile, those who don't farm pigs have to depend solely on their spouses who work outside the village. The average monthly income of the husbands in Tulakadi village is around IDR 600,000. Concurrently, the monthly living expense plus the school fees for their children would cost around IDR 700,000 - 1,000,000.

Most of Tulakadi villagers have to apply for high-interest loan from Credit Union with an annual rate percentage rate of 25% to cover their expenses. For instance, by applying IDR 4,000,000 loan, they have to settle the debt within 47 weeks, where they have to pay IDR 114,000 every week.

They can't fulfill their needs due to the low income which leads them to live in poverty. They can't even afford to buy vitamins and fruits because they have no discretionary income. Moreover, they are used eat only vegetables twice a day, sometimes with fish.

Proposed Solutions

After thorough discussion with several Tulakadi villagers, we decided to form groups to manage a piggery. They refuse the seed donation program for the time being due to lack of irrigation facilities which may lead to the tendency of crop failure. Moreover, the women who live alone usually don't have time to work in the field which is located 500 meters from their home because they have to weave while taking care of their children.

Project Description

Project de Fahi is a piggery development project done by villagers of Tulakadi with the help of RAMAHIJA along with those who want to contribute to the cause. This project has a purpose to develop the indigenous communities in Tulakadi village, where they could:

  • generate more income so they can have savings to fulfill their food and health needs as well as to pay the school fees for their children.
  • develop organizational skills through various trainings, such as fund management, financial planning, and financial record.
  • stand on their own feet, where they can be less dependent on their spouses, debt-free, and are able to manage the funds obtained from the piggery through reinvestment.

Project Justification

The majority of women in Tulakadi village have to live alone with their children because their husbands have to leave the village to earn a better living. They have to earn additional income by farming to cover the expenses. However, due to insufficient capital, they have to apply for high-interest loan from Credit Union.

We believe a piggery is the right decision as our first step to solve the problems in Tulakadi village, where it is based on the following factors: 

  • the lack of irrigation facilities encourages the villagers of Tulakadi to raise livestock instead of growing crops.
  • the women who live alone do not have time to work in the field because they spend most of their time weaving while taking care of their children.
  • the topography of Tulakadi village with the slope of 25-40% and its dry land allows the possibility of raising livestock.

Source of Funding

RAMAHIJA along with those who want to contribute will donate five one-month old piglets, pigfeed, and a hog pen for starter. After 5 to 6 months, the pigs will be sold at the local market and the profit will be allocated to raise and breed more pigs, build more hog pens, and buy vitamins.

A one-month old piglet costs IDR 1,2 million and the pigfeed costs around IDR 500,000 - 700,000, while the cost to build the animal cage is IDR 4,000,000. Hence, the required funds to establish this project would cost around IDR 12,500,000 - 13,500,000. The obtained funds from this project will be managed by village community with the supervision of RAMAHIJA.

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