Productive Gardens

In villages in West Timor, many people rely on farming for their livelihood. However, many of the methods used by these farmers are not effective, and people struggle to earn a living from the land. Most farmers only grow rice, and this can only be harvested once a year during the rainy season. TLM Foundation helps improve this situation by providing farmers with resources and education so that they can start productive market gardens. These gardens grow a range of fruits and vegetables that can be harvested year-round, which provided profits for members of the cooperative as well as better nutrition for people in the village.


Most people in rural East Nusa Tenggara rely on farming to earn a living. However, the rainy season is only 4 months long, and the soil is very dry. In addition, most subsistence farmers only plant corn and rice. Therefore, farmers using traditional techniques in this region must subsist off only one to two harvests per year with relatively short rainy seasons and unstable weather resulting in crop failure and starvation.

In the summer a small percentage of the community uses the land from existing springs to grow vegetables.

Actually there are sources of water that can be used to grow crops in the summer, but due to limited knowledge and resources, people live in poverty. To overcome this problem, people are looking for alternative jobs outside the village as migrant workers. However, this situation is often exploited by irresponsible person that causes the case of human trafficking in NTT.

By looking at these conditions, TLM Foundation created productive garden programs by utilizing unused land and water sources. Productive gardens are gardens managed collectively by the local community by planting crops that have economic value

In the years of 2015 and 2016 pilot productive gardens were implemented in four (4) areas covering five (5) villages: Kiubaat (TTS), Enonabuasa (TTS), Kolobolon (Rote), Ngaru Kanoru (Sumba Timur) and Roboaba (Sabu). In these five villages 2,446 community members were served during 2015-2016.

Following the results of the pilot project in four areas at the end of 2016, the productive garden program has been expanded to another four villages in two districts of Rote (Lidamanu and Maubesi villages), and Kupang region (Nekmese and Sahraen villages).


Enonabuasa Productive Plantation

TLM foundation through village facilitators invited Enonabuasa villagers to transform 30 acre of unproductive land to be additional income source. Productive garden in Enonabuasa has 7 family heads as members (10 people). This garden began to be processed since 2014 by planting red onion, garlic, green beans, cos lettuce, water spinach, napa cabbage, chilli, sweet corn, california papaya. All the plants were planted organically making them safe to consume and good to sell. [captio...

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Nekmese Market Garden

Nekmese has a flourishing productive plantation. This enables local farmers to learn new and more efficient agricultural techniques

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Officials and Community Training on Village Establishment based on 2014 Village Law.

On 2014, Government declared a policy to establish nation from village and it is followed up by the published of Village Law Number 6 Year 2014. Villages are given autonomy to manage the establishment from planning to developing. Every year, Government provide village fund from APBN (Regional Revenues and Expenditures Budget). The management of the budget is the responsibility of village officials and village community. TLM Foundation takes part to improve the capacity of the officials and th...

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Productive Garden Water Project Procurement

Productive garden water project procurement in Enonabuasa uses natural spring water that is located 20metre lower than productive garden area. To irrigate water from source to  garden, TLM together with local people use generator set pump machine to  ease and save energy in irrigating horticultural plants in productive garden. The water infrastructure project covers : 1.Water motor pump (generator set) 2.HDPE pipe and plastic pipe 3.Fiber tank 4.Water tanks All these intallat...

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

 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. ...

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

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...

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