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.
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).
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...Read More
Nekmese has a flourishing productive plantation. This enables local farmers to learn new and more efficient agricultural techniquesRead More
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...Read More
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...Read More