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Basket weaving is helping to support community livelihoods in Indonesia

For the women of Balane village, Indonesia, innovation came to them in the form of dried coconut leaves – a resource found everywhere you looked, but that would usually go to waste. 

With hands at the ready, a trainer, provided as part of a World Vision program, taught a group of women the art of weaving beautiful plates and bowls from local sustainable materials, such as coconut leaves.  

The purpose? To improve the resilience of the community and support livelihoods, especially at a time where climate change was making it challenging for families who relied on income from farming to survive. 

The women make up to 12 plates per day and the baskets are so popular within the community that many people order them in advance – sometimes the plates are even rented out for local events and celebrations.  

The flow-on effect from the new program means children of the village are provided with more opportunities and financial stability. Rosa, one of the women involved in the program, is very grateful for the support. 

“We, and our children are very thankful. We thank you for being given the chance to be more creative.” 

The support of Jetstar customers helps make community initiatives like this possible. This program was also assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).