By jerrybrand,

Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation (YTLM-GMIT), provided training and assistance in producing onion chili sauce to Ndula Luri Home Industry group in Kadumbul Village, Pandawai Sub-district, East Sumba District – NTT in the middle of November 2020.

“Ndula Luri” Home Industry group which in local language of East Sumba means “Supporting Life” that consists of 8 women from 7 families.

Naomi Mauhongga, the leader of Ndula Luri Home Industry Group”, explained to editor of, since the beginning of November 2020, Naomi with 7 members agreed with an Agriculture Facilitator of TLM Foundation who is placed in the village to manage harvest of chilies and onions become a homey product with economic value.

“We are farmers of onion, chilies and salt in Kadumbul Village, so in the harvest season we were overwhelmed to sell the harvest so sometime it is damaged because even though the harvest were large but it less buyer” Naomi Explained.

Furthermore, Naomi stated that, the price of chilies harvest for now is around IDR 20,000 to IDR. 30,000/ kg, garlic and onion also have high price because not all farmers have harvested yet. However, during harvest season, the price drops to IDR. 10,000/kg so they are really need this training to avoid from drop price of their harvest.

On this occasion, Maria Hepe Mangi, the treasurer of Ndula Luri group when asked about the sales results of the Onion chili sauce product, stated that during two weeks since the first day of produce on November 18-28, 2020, her group had already produced 5 times onion chili sauce which produced 172 bottles of onion chili sauce (200gr).

We have only produced 6 times, so there are 300 bottles of onion chili sauce that we have produced and we sold them at a price of Rp. 20,000 per bottle in Kadumbul Village, we send some to Melolo, Waingapu, Lewa, West Sumba and Kupang as well. Praise the Lord our income in less than three weeks has earned Rp. 6,000,000, – “Proudly Maria said.

In a separate place, Leany Adu, a Home Industry trainer at the Transformation Division of the TLM Foundation, when confirmed about the training, stated that the training aims to increase the economic value of the harvest of farmers in the assisted village of the TLM Foundation by utilizing local potential in the village so that it can improve standard of living of the community.

“Besides increasing the selling value of the crops, we (YTLM_red) also equiped them with additional skills such as how to operate production tools which may be new for them in the village because after this training we equip the group with production support tools such as; Blenders, plastic wrapping machines, meat grinders, bottles, stoves, onions chopper and other supporting furniture, ”said Leany.

Co-pastor of the Sumba Christian Church, GKS Maujawa, East Sumba, Paulina Lende. S.Th, who serves in the Kadumbul area was interested and took part in every training process up to the production of the onion chili sauce, admitting that she was surprised by this training where the instant food product that she usually find in supermarket or shops can be produced at home.

“I have only been serving at GKS Maujawa for a few months and I am very happy that this kind of training is available here. It will be a new experience for me when I lead the congregation someday. On behalf of our fellow members, we would like to thank TLM for this program!” concluded Co-pastor Paulina. * red_http: //

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By jerrybrand,

Ferdinandus Lanang (37) usually called Adi, married to Ana Koa (37), an Elementary School teacher and blessed with two children (two boys). They live in Benlutu Village-South East Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.

Ferdinandus Lanang (37) usually called Adi, married to Ana Koa (37), an Elementary School teacher and blessed with two children (two boys). They live in Benlutu Village-South East Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.

In the midst of 2018, the village head appointed him to join the training to be the BUMDESA director. But because he just completed Senior High School, he admitted that he didn’t know how to work using Microsoft office or other computer programs.

He is very grateful for all the training and mentoring he got from TLM foundation and village government.

He learned a lot about product marketing systems, financial management, basic computers, community service management and Bee Accounting programs.

He learned a lot about product marketing systems, financial management, basic computers, community service management and Bee Accounting programs.

“Praise God, since I was given this opportunity to learn and to lead, now I can manage this community business and we can sell up things for IDR. 1.200,000 up to IDR. 3.000,000 per day and with a turnover of IDR. 25.000.000, – up to IDR. 30.000.000, – per month, “Adi said.

Adi also said, from managing the BUMDESA for more than a year, he is now able to send his older son to senior high school because of his regular income from BUMDESA each month.

He expects that in the future the business will continue to grow so that they can accommodate all the village potentials, including agricultural products and home industries that are developed for the welfare of the people of Benlutu village.

with thanks to the Australian NGO Cooperation Program

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By jerrybrand,

There were 52 new village officials from five villages in the Batu-Putih Subdistrict, South Central Timor Regency, attended the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building of Village Officials on Thursday (3/9/2020) last week.

The one-day Technical Assistance (BIMTEK) was held in the hall of the Batu Putih sub-district office as the collaboration of the sub-district government with Tanaoba Lais Manekat Foundation (YTLM), and invited village experts (TA) at the TTS Regency level as the main speaker.

Head of Batu Putih Subdistrict, Drs. Agustinus F.N. Mallo When giving a speech at the BIMTEK opening ceremony, he appreciated the TLM Foundation for being willing to cooperate several times to facilitate training activities in the region of Batu Putih area.

“On behalf of the community and government of Batu Putih sub-district, I would like to appreciate and thank Mr. Freand, in this case the TLM Foundation, which has been paying more attention to Batu Putih sub-district through training and other empowerment activities,” said the Camat, who is familiarly called Edy.

Furthermore, he mentioned the aim and objective of BIMTEK as an effort to increase the capacity of village officials who had just passed the selection so that they could properly understand their respective main duties and functions in running the wheels of government in the village so that real development goals could be achieved, which is improving the community welfare.

He also mentioned that the participants who attended were the village secretary, KAUR, KASIE and hamlet heads from five villages namely Benlutu, Oehela, Tupan, Oebobo and Hane villages. Meanwhile, the two other villages, Boentuka and Tuakole, are still in the process of inaugurating their village officials so the BIMTEK will be given when they are ready.

Mr. Edy the Camat also Expected that by having the new village officials, there will also be new positive energy in the village so that it becomes the strength to move forward in giving effective and efficient services to village communities, as well as minimizing fraud that often occur in village financial management.

The materials provided for the BIMTEK as technical provisions for village officials, were; The Main Function of Village Officials, Village Financial Management in accordance with Permendagri No. 20/2018, Village Development Planning and Budget Implementation Document Administration Simulation (DPA).

Mr. Freand Teddy Neno as one of the speakers for the activity representing the TLM Foundation when giving a speech expected that after returning, the participants could understand their duties and functions in accordance with the mandate of the applicable law.

“All of you are different from the previous village officials because you passed the selection stages, you were not chosen by the village heads, therefore the work standards set were higher so we hope that through this training and simulation of filling out the village book formats, you can better in preparing budget implementation documents effectively and efficiently, “said Mr. Freand expectantly.

Meanwhile, regarding the implementation of activities that involved many people during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Freand stated that every activity held by TLM Foundation always applies the recommended health protocol.

“We always follow health protocols, TLM Foundation even in the couple months ago, allocated an amount of funds to provide five packages of PPE (personal protective equipment) for the five assisted sub-districts consisting of 2 hand washing tools, 1 thermo-scanner, and 1000 masks for every sub-district, including Batu Putih sub-district”, he said.

One of the training participants, Aplonia Maubanu, Head of Finance from Tupan Village, admitted that she was very happy to be able to take part in the BIMTEK when other villages had not received similar training so that this would be a provision for her and other village officials in carrying out their services in the village.

“I am grateful that I was just inaugurated but have been given this kind of training, especially on financial management based on the latest regulation of Permendagri 20, it is quite helpful for me in managing village finances,” said Aplonia. *Ona

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By jerrybrand,

Margarita Pu’ay (51) A cheerful lady, married to Ferdy Seran (55) since 2008, but they have no children. Her husband Ferdy works as a chainsaw operator in Kiubaat village-South East Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.

With makeshift skills, Margarita has been doing sewing business for years after marriage to earn money to help her husband meet their family needs.

Even though she is only completed Elementary School, she is willing to practice sewing and learn by herself (self-taught). Margarita admitted that her costumers are only Kiubaat people as in the village there only two tailors. She didn’t know how to work using sewing patterns especially overlock.

Margarita is very grateful for all the training and mentoring she got from TLM foundation and village government. She testified that since she joints the sewing training last November 2019, she is now more confident to accept various kinds of sewing orders.

She said she learned a lot about drawing patterns, operating overlock machines and many additional skills from the training. She proud that last Februari, Kiubaat village government trusted her to sew uniforms for all village officials.

“learned a lot of new things from this training because I had never learned or trained before. I learned by myself ” said Margarita.

She also said, from her sewing business with new skills she acquired from the training, she could earn IDR. 350.000 to IDR. 500.000 per month and she now able open a small kiosk near her family home.

She thanked TLM for the useful training and she expects that in the future if she is given an opportunity to learn more, she wanted to learn how to make men’s suit and trousers. *Ona

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By jerrybrand,

22 housewives in Benlutu village, Batu Putih district, TTS received training of processing ginger into ginger powder drink.

The training was conducted in 4 days (6-10/7/2020) in Benlutu village office hall and it was facilitated by TLM Foundation as Benlutus village’s partner in community development program, particularly home industry skill training. This information stated by TLM Foundation training staf, Fera Huwae who were facilitator and trainer of the training.

Fera also informed that the training covered material presentation to ginger processing practice. The 22 housewives were enthusiast in following the training presented by Fera.

“The housewives were happy. The formed 2 business group right after the training and we are glad that they have produced ginger powder with their own capital. Also, they have sold the ginger powder and there are many people interested to buy, made it sold out in a minute.” explained Fera.

She also explained the purpose of the training that is aside from deliver knowledge and additional skill for woman in village so they can run business, also to improve selling value of village local commodity in post-harvest period.

Attending the training, Batu Putih head district, Dr. Agustinus F. N. Malo appreciated TLM Foundation who had provided effective and right on target assistance for villages in his area, especially Benlutu.

“TLM Foundation is a very good partner. It it has been proved by the progress of BUMDES Talenta in Benlutu. So we as government of Batu PUtih district, especially Benlutu village should be grateful to have TLM Foundation as our partner.” said Malo in his welcome speech.

Malo also appealed all the participants to be active in using opportunity to learn so that after the training, they can produce qualified and competitive local product in the market.

Furthermore, Malo hope that the training could be early motivation for women in Benlutu to plant ginger in their yard and then process it into ginger powder to support independent village in food security planning in facing Covid -19 pandemic.

One of the training participants, Financia Aby who were interviewed via call said that this type of home industry training is the first for their village, making her so thankful to be able to learn new useful thing to improve her family’s income by utilizing local commodity.

“this is the first time for us but we already see the result! After last week training, we produced 46 packages from 5 kilograms ginger and we sold Rp. 30.000 for each and we can see that it is so profitable” explained woman who familiarly called Esy

Esy also hopes that government of Benlutu and TLM Foundation could help them to process license for home industry product so that their label and copyright could be patented and their product can be widely accepted by market.

“many people are interested in our product, especially during the pandemic, ginger powder drink is good to improve body immune. But, we have not have the production license so we hope village government and TLM Foundation can help us.

The training was held on Cooperation between TLM Foundation, Batu Putih district government, Benlutu village government and the help of Village Security Body such BABINKANTIPMAS/POLMAS in order to control health protocol during covid -19 pandemic.

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