Ngaru Kanoru Village, Umalulu District East Sumba Regency is just an ordinary village, almost no different like other villages in Umalulu region. This village was born from the division, has only 2 hamlets with a population of 817 people (205 families). When YTLM first set foot in the village in order to survey new villages to be empowered (end of 2014) - nothing special with the village. In fact, YTLM facilitators encountered many difficulties to get to the village safely. The condition of the path is very damaged, steep and filled with sharp stones that have the potential to damage motorcycle tires driven by the facilitator - and indeed after arriving in the village of motorcycle tires must break - no light, lack of clean water & adequate health facilities as well The strong customs of Ngaru Kanoru village community are the situation and conditions encountered at that time.
Then the result of the survey then selected Ngaru Kanoru village as the first village to be followed up with YTLM program. From here the story of Ngaru Kanoru village community begins. Although they have limited access to almost all factors - but the community still has hope and hope it brings enthusiasm for change. People want change and that's what makes empowerment happen to them.
Community members began working with the YTLM Facilitator to prepare productive garden plans. Starting from discussions on garden budgets, conducting follow-up surveys of land and water sources, making land schemes, making agreements with landholders and recruiting group members.
"When we started clearing the land and loosening the soil by hoeing, it seemed tired but we were very curious as to what the productive garden was, we were excited," said Lapa Hihi, one of the group members. The difficulty of accessing roads to their villages caused no one to rent tractors to spray their garden land. That is why they must hoe the land area of 20 Are.
The next job is to plant using the aqueduct cultivation system. Drag fruit cuttings, banana mas and papaya planted with a system of aisles, then on the sidelines of the horticultural crop will be planted.
"We were taught to plant shallots with seeds, before we had never known that red onions can be planted with seeds. We are used to planting onions with tubers for small-scale household needs. So we do not believe, grow or not? "At first, the group's chairman, Agustina, worried. So they suggested to the facilitator to do the test first, planted as many as 3 beds.
With consistent assistance from YTLM facilitators, the group succeeded in harvesting onions with very satisfactory results - 3 beds = 75 kg. The quality of the tubers is very good as well as the size of onion bulbs are quite large. "We were all amazed and amazed, our trials were successful. We managed to sell onion Rp. 25.000 / kg, but we only sell as much as 35 kg, the rest we share with group members to keep at home, because too happy with the onion harvest we do not sell everything, "said Agustina's mother. In addition to onions, the group has also received good results from other horti plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, cabbage, chili, pariah, long beans and broccoli. Annual plants such as banana mas and papaya have also produced excellent results. "I have never dreamed beforehand could do this - productive gardening. We've been through tough times, initially there are some members out and do not want to work in the garden anymore for not seeing evidence. But now they want to come back again after seeing the results we get. I feel proud of myself and of course the more motivated to plant more so that I can prove to the people here that gardening is the source of livelihood that promises the future, "said Dorkas's mother, Group Secretary with positive and confident.
Initially the group used a water pump to irrigate the garden until August 2016 ago, YTLM succeeded in making hydram pump technology and piping at water source location by involving all members of the water user community in Dusun 1 Ngaru Kanoru Village. With a hydram pump, now productive farming groups no longer use water pumps and have to buy gasoline. Group operational costs are more cost-effective and expected activities will have long-term impacts.
Currently Ngaru Kanoru village is not the same anymore as most villages in Umalulu District. In the Melolo market (the traditional market in the region), Ngaru Kanoru village is well known for its organic crops. Some members of the community from neighboring villages even Camat Melolo and PKK mothers are keen to come to