Our Economic Growth initiatives fall into two areas:
Vocational Training – Our pilot vocational skills workshop was held in July 2015 in the pineapple-producing village of Puneng Trusan (recipient of a micro-hydro system). Our volunteer trainer conducted sessions to facilitate the conversion of their bountiful pineapple harvest into less perishable products, therefore minimising waste of good fruits and providing ideas for cottage industries.
Social Enterprise – An issue facing many rural communities is the inability to get their produce to market, due to poor connectivity to marketplaces. Where possible, we assist communities by buying their produce and wares at a fair price with profits from sale in urban centres ploughed back into our funds.
These include Semah Fish (Long Kerabangan), Upcycled Newspaper Baskets (Long Beluyu), Dehydrated Pineapple (Lawas), Mountain Spring Salt (Bakelalan), Tuak (Padawan), and Rattan Baskets (Long Lamam).
The establishment of cottage industries in these communities increases their ability to participate in the cash economy, and to therefore partake in services such as health and education.