Training of Banana Chip Making in Sahraen Village

By jerrybrand,

Banana chips is one of home industry product interested by community, therefore it economy potential to be business product.

In 4 September 2019 TLM Foundation conducted training for people of hamlet 5, Sahraen village, Kupang Regency. This hamlet is selected because of its great potential of water, banana trees and community especially females who have attended training in village level.  Fera Huwae, one of TLM Foundation training staff explained to training participant how to make banana chips as joint venture to increase community’s income. Training was presented with theory and practice. It was started by explaining material of  “Forming Group”, “Marketing Strategy” and “Simple Accounting”.

After studying the theory, group the group immediately practiced making banana chips together. The processed had several stages such; preparing ingredients and tools, slice the banana according to desired size, fry the sliced bananas, leak them then packed.


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Aside from provide training, TLM Foundation also provide standard packaging and marketing as well as assisted them to register their product to get license from Government, BPOM (National Agency of Drug and Food Control).

As for the price, 200 gr packaging, group sell it for Rp. 10.000/package

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Village Law Seminar and Workshop for Community Leader in Soe, South Central Regency

By jerrybrand,

In September 17th, 2018, in Timor Megah Hotel, Soe, South Central Regency, TLM Foundation cooperated with Evangelical Christian Church In Timor (GMIT) Synod Assembly and Uniting Word (Mission Institution of Uniting Church dari Australia) conducting Seminar and Workshop on Village Law for Community Leaders.

The Seminar and Workshop took place for 3 days, attended by participants who are GMIT Preachers of 13 territories (service area)

In 2018, this program (Seminar and Workshop on Village Law for Community Leaders) is planned to be held in 3 regencies, South Central Timor, Alor and Rote Ndao

Executive Director of TLM Foundation, Mr. Rozali Hussien, in his welcoming speech stated his gratefulness fort that is the first ime TLM Foundation and GMIT Synod Assembly collaborated in a program to increase role of Church in community.


President of GMIT Synod, Dr. Meri Kolimon said her speech said “Salvation from God entrusted to Church is a holistic salvation, which leads people to faith of the end of world history lead by Him is a complete prosperity where heaven and prosperity is being started right now, here. As GMIT congregation, we believe that faith of perfect prosperity is still facing the fact of weak development of NTT community. We are facing the fact of malnutrition, high death rate of mother and infant, human trafficking, and even living environment; forest and land fires, etc. then how to find a way to actualize the salvation in our daily life?. Through recommendation of 33rd GMIT Synod Council and MoU signing between GMIT and Ministry of Acceleration Development Backward Regions, it is decided that GMIT cooperates with GMIT’s partner, TLM Foundation as an organization that rich of Village Law implementation training for villages in NTT.

As a main spokesperson, H. Yusuf Murtiono, one of national figure who is experienced in village community empowerment field delivered a material on “Village as Source of Government Law and Village Establishment”, “Village Fund Management” and BUMDES (Village owned enterprise) as Village Economy Strength”.

While The Department head of Village and Community Empowerment of South Central Timor, George Mella presented a material on village establishment dynamic said that budget managed by village now is up to 2 billion each year. This is a great number of budgets to improve village development but the quality of Human Resources in South Central Timor is still low to manage it. This can be seen from the education level of village officials that from 266 village heads, 91% graduated with packet B and C certificate or equal with Junior or Senior High. And only 1% graduated with diploma/bachelor degree. For that reason, role of community leaders (preachers) to assisted village fund is important according to George Mella.

Aside from Mella and H. Yusuf, others spokespersons, Silvi Fanggidae (Pikul NGO) presented a material on “Environmental Damage and Sustainability as An Establishment Challenge in Village”, Helmi Isma (Persatuan Tuna Daksa Kristiani NTT/literally translated as “Association of Christian PWD in NTT) presented about “Basic Concept of Disability” and the last spokesperson, Pdt. Pao Ina Ngefak-Bara Pa delivered material on “Rule of Church in Preventing Human Trafficking.”

At the end of each material presentation session, there was question answer session that ran well and dynamic, many questions asked and answered by the spokespersons so that the participants received new understanding on the role of church towards village establishment.

In the last session of The Seminar and Workshop, organizing committee give certificates for all participants.


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TLM Foundation GMIT Spreads Its Service “Wings”to Flores

By jerrybrand,
  • Partnering With PMD (Department of Community and Village Development) of Ende Region, Delivered Training for More than 70 Head Villages

  • Forming FORKOMDES (Village Communication Forum) in Ende

Within this last two years, Yayasan Tanaoba Lais Manekat GMIT (YTLM GMIT) has assisted and trained village officials and community to improve their capacity in implementing village law Number 6 Year 2014 and village fund management.

TLM Foundation focuses more on village fund that keeps increasing each year that opens the chance for fraud to increase that can lead village heads into jail.

TLM Foundation’s program covers planning, implementation and supervision of village fund so that by a good understanding on work system stipulated by law will automatically minimize the opportunity of fraud that has been going on.

TLM Foundation has successfully facilitated the forming of Village Communication Forum at provincial and regional level in 4 regencies that are TTS (South Central Timor), Kupang, East Sumba and Rote Ndao in 2016 and 2017

In this 2018, TLM Foundation intends to expand its service area to Flores Island. After a quick survey in Manggarai and Ende Regency, TLM with FORKOMDES Provincial level decided to start this program in Ende.

The good intention of TLM Foundation finally got a chance in 30 and 31 July 2017 when the intention was respectfully accepted by regional government of Ende regency through Department of Village and Community Development, cooperated with TLM Foundation to conduct training and socialization on village law number 6 Year 2016 on village and at the same time forming FORKOMDES regency level in Ende.

The training, socialization and forming that conducted for 2 days in Wisma Emaus Hall in Ende town was attended by Ende Regional Government from Department of Village and Community Development, more than 70 village heads who represented each sub-district, 2 village experts, representatives of TLM Foundation, Regional Representative Board Member who at the same time is one of TLM founder members, Ir. Abraham Paul Liyanto, NTT Province Regional House of Representative (DPRD) Chief; Mr. Anwar Pua Geno, SH and several governmental officials.

“Village fund keep increasing year by year. In 2018, even from APBN (State Budget), government allocated no less than 80 trillion and it will increase to 120 trillion in upcoming year. From the great fund, the opportunity for fraud to happen is huge. From about 72 thousand villages in Indonesia, 900 village heads had found committed fraud and put in jail for wrongly used of village fund. So as a social and community empowerment organization, TLM Foundation does not want it to happen to our friends” Said Mr. Rozali as CEO of TLM Foundation in his opening speech. 

Moreover, he stated that there are alreadt 366 village heads of 4 regencies who had joined this forum. He also hoped that the same forum can be formed in Ende with more than 120 village head so that there will be an organization to learn and exchange information among village heads about village establishment.

The training and discussion was officially opened by Head of Village and Community Empowerment Department Head, Mr. Yohanis Nislaka, as a representative of Ende Regent.

In his speech, he thanked TLM Foundation for its good intention to help government in delivering edification for village heads about existing financial/village fund management.

“The training initiated by TLM Foundation is a concern we should appreciate and be grateful. This is helpful for village government, especially our regency, Ende. Especially the socialization about enactment of Permendagri (Regulation of Ministry of Home Affair) Number 20 Year 2017 so that presented village head can understand well then apply it well too. Said Mr. Yohanis Nislaka

TLM Foundation also presented Kebumen FORMATION Presidium Board, Mr. Yusuf Murtiono as a spokesperson in the training.

At the end of the training, the participants and TLM Foundation agreed to form FORKOMDES in Ende Regency level and elected board members will be inaugurated together with FORKOMDES board from 4 regencies in upcoming September.

TLM-GMIT Foundation’s Strategy in Spreading Integrated Farming “Virus” Through Productive Garden

By jerrybrand,
Improving Farmers Capacity with Comparative Study

Tanaoba Lais Manekat GMIT Foundation (YTLM-GMIT) invited its assisted village community to transform unproductive land into productive to produce foodstuff that later be processed and sold as additional income source.

Currently, productive gardens facilitated by TLM are 8 gardens located in 8 villages, which are Sahraen and Nekmese in Kupang Regency, Enonabuasa and Kiubaat in South East Timor (TTS) Regency, Kolobolon, Maubesi and Lidamanu in Rote Ndao Regency and 1 productive Garden in East Sumba Regency, in Ngaru Kanoru.

The plants grown consist of vegetables and fruits that cultivated organically, make them safe to consume. Aside from productive garden, TLM Foundation also procures water project for productive garden using hydraulic ram technology or well known as hydram pump. The use of hydram pump is because the location of productive garden is higher than water source so a technology to irrigate water to garden for maximal plants care is necessary.

Productive garden has been so profitable for many of village community. Those who previously rarely consumed vegetables and fruits because the lacks of knowledge about land processing are now able to consume the food easily. Productive garden also created job for those who are ready to sell their crops.

To improve farmers’ knowledge and capacity in land processing and proper integrated farming technique that applies modern plant pattern, TLM Foundation provided opportunity for the farmers of new productive garden to conduct comparative study by visiting productive garden in TLM assisted villages that have been successfully developed the integrated productive garden.

Recently, from 10 to 13 July 2018, TLM Foundation gave opportunity to 5 productive garden member of Sahraen village in South Amarasi Sub-district, Kupang Regency with 1 village facilitator to visit Kolobolon and Lidamanu. In this comparative study, TLM Foundation presented 15 productive garden members from Maubesi with its village facilitator.

The comparative study done in 4 days was to provide opportunity for Sahraen and Maubesi productive garden member to directly observe dragon fruits cultivation process and its business concept developed in Kolobolon since 2014.

Organic productive garden of Kolobolon village has been successfully grown dragon fruits with unique flavor and it brought an excellent impact for the garden members of the garden where there are 70 dragon fruit plants that has bore fruits which have helped each member to get additional income from the crops. Until now, Kolobolon garden group has planted 10000 dragon plants and within 1 year, they can enjoy the outcome.

Tuti Aritonang, head of TLM Foundation transformation division stated her expectation of the comparative study, that she wishes the farmer involved in the study can learn and watch directly and can apply what they have learnt; that is holistic farming concept in their village.

“The members of productive garden now can enjoy the benefits of productive garden farming. They have been very successful within these 4 years and been enjoying the result. So they are blessed to bless. They can share their experience with members from other gardens by facilitating them so they can apply integrated farming technique to improve their life standard,” Said Tuti.

There are also other things observed and learnt by Sahraen and Maubesi productive garden members during comparative study such polyculture, seedbed making, plant rotation, organic fertilizer making using burnt straw as substitute of urea fertilizer, dragon fruit land preparation, cutting, nursery, planting, fertilization and plant care.

Moreover, the members were also equipped with post harvest processing, group management, the benefit of individual or group saving in TLM Saving and Loan Cooperative, effective and efficient clean water utilization that not only for productive garden needs but also for clarias catfish cultivation and poultry farm etc.

One of comparative study participant from Sahraen, Leksi Sufmena who are the group leader expressed his happiness of the chance from TLM Foundation so they can directly learn from successful and independent garden and they can become more open-minded in processing their garden effectively and efficiently.

“On behalf of Niwukor and Sahraen, we want to thank TLM Foundation who has invited us to this comparative study. We are so happy with this study. We are truly inspired with the success of Kolobolon and Lidamanu productive garden. Watching directly and closely like this uplifts our passion. With the new knowledge and experience of dragon fruit cultivation, we can try the method in our gardens,” Said Leksi after the comparative study session.

Revoked The Plan of Joining TKI Because of The Availability of Income Source in Village Through Productive Garden

By jerrybrand,

 The Role of TLM – GMIT Foundation in Preventing Human Trafficking

Productive Garden Program that has been implementing by Tanaoba Lais Manekat GMIT since 2014 is a top program who has been invaluable for society of NTT because aside from increasing community’s income, it is helpful for government in providing jobs in village in order to decrease and prevent village community to seek for job outside village which leads to high rate of Human Trafficking in NTT.

Human Trafficking is all form of human trade and exploitation domestically or internationally through mechanism of coercion, thread, abduction, deception and deceit or putting someone in a state of forced labor such forced prostitution, domestic slave, debt incurred or other slavery practices.
According to ION (International Organization for Migration), until the beginning of 2018, there are 8.876 human trafficking victim from Indonesia.

Noticing this problem, TLM Foundation feel called morally to commit GMIT Church diaconia started to think of a solution to help government and society to reduce the high rate of human trafficking. One of the solution offered is to create jobs and income source by utilizing available resource, that is transforming unproductive land into productive garden which produces productive plants with economic values to help society in improving their life standard, whether from health or economy aspect.

Since 2013, TLM Foundation through its village facilitator has been implementing the program in several villages including Kiubaat, South Amanuban, TTS (South Central Timor).

Bildad Tefu is one of productive garden members in Kiubaat Village. He was born in Oeupun, Kiubaat in 16 February 1967. Bildad could only finished primary school because of his family’s economy state. He then worked as a construction worker. Getting bored with his job, he decided to go to Sulawesi in 2003 to work in oil palm plantation. After several years of living in Sulawesi, he went back to Kiubaat and he got married to his beloved wife, Berta Lape. Both are blessed with 2 children.

Economy situation forced him to work hard so he can fulfill his family’s need of food, clothing and house. He planned to join TKI (Indonesian migrant worker) program offered by some factions. But after some times, he met agriculture facilitator of TLM who offered productive garden program.
His family and his neighbor then agreed to form agriculture group, transforming unproductive land owned by his family that finally brought additional income to cover their daily needs, moreover to give good nutrient for his wife and children.

Bildad finally decided not to join TKI program offered to him. Couple of months after, he heard that the program was illegal.

“Praise the Lord, now I have income. I do not have to go abroad just to suffice my family’s need. We can actually earn money in village if we want to be diligent”. Said Bildad

“With TLM Foundation who wants to assist, guide and teach us about modern agriculture technique, we already have crops in 2014. From our sale of chili, tomato, papaya, dragon fruits and others plants, my wife and I could save for our children’s education, daily consumption and we can even build a house. Now I have no desire to go abroad for working”. He continued.