Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Published on July 31, 2020 um 01:23
Founder & Craft Designer
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
Tianyar Barat Village-Karangasem, a marginalised-village in the Eastern Bali where I live, produces the biggest palmyra palm tree (Borassus flabellifer) resource in Bali with the 1.665-hectare land. However, unfortunately most of local villagers do not have permanent jobs and are categorized as families with low incomes with US $ 22-37/month. Although the village has huge natural resources, the people are still lacking in managerial skills making them leave their villages to big cities. Based on this gap, I came up with a new idea to create a palmyra souvenir project named Cilota Bali based on local-universal philosophy called Tri Hita Karana (three harmonious relationships of humans among God, other human, and the environment) with the aim of utilizing villages natural resources and reducing waste (palemahan), empowering the local community with decent work and livelihood (pawongan), and preserving local cultural symbol named Cili means fertility, beauty, and gratitude expression to God (parhyangan). I have experienced making handcrafts since I was a child by using palmyra palm leaves with my family and there, I am constantly developing it now into more useful, creative, and innovative products such as graduation souvenirs, home decorations, eco-friendly baskets and boxes, and palmyra painting within our philosophy values. My team consists of local women, youths, and farmers, and we have been spreading the handcraft community in 6 sub-villages within 25 families each with stable monthly incomes. Our main activities are processing main material: palmyra palm leaves to be souvenirs started from designing, harvesting, cutting, hand-weaving, recycling, packing, distributing, and training. With sufficient recognition and funding, Cilota Bali can accomplish its goal to alleviate the extreme poverty by providing decent work and economic growth to more than 2,000 people in Karangasem by 2025.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
To date, we have been empowering 150 local people with stable monthly income including local women, youths, and farmers in 6 sub-villages in Karangasem Regency-Bali. Collaborating together, we are from diverse experts and experiences such as tailor, doll maker, hand fan maker, craft designer, palmyra farmers, and other artisans. So far, we have created 8 types of product namely graduate souvenirs in the form of clock, hand fans for home decorations, home décor- hand fans with pompom, boxes for wedding souvenirs-meals-accessories, laundry baskets, palmyra wall-clocks, pageant dolls, and Cili Keychains. Officially launched in 2016, we have exported our products for home decorations with more than 2,000 pcs to USA, and have sold our graduate souvenirs and baskets with more than 1,000 pcs in numerous local and national universities and companies in Indonesia. Furthermore, we have been collaborating with 5 local schools as Waste Bank partners, 3 local communities in various areas, and 3 legally outstanding export agencies. On the same hand, we have been collaborating annually with the students of International Business Study Network of Udayana University and ID-SEED Diaspora of Indonesia. Those efforts have been very helpful in promoting our organization. Cilota Bali has been covered in several mass media in Indonesia, including CNN Indonesia and most well-known newspaper; Bali Post. Now, with our official registration at 05245-0627-20, we are in connection with State Minister for Cooperatives Small and Medium Enterprises and one of leading companies in Bali, East Bali Cashew, to help with improving and scaling up our project.
Sustainability and future plans
We are eager to make the project keep growing, empowering 2,000 people more in 20 villages in Karangasem by 2025. We gained the fund at the first time in September 2016 when we joined the national scientific competition with US $ 38 runner up IIIs award. The amount was not really much, but it really motivated us to move forward and improve our ideas. We came to Business Incubator of Udayana University to ask guidance and insights. Since 2018, we have tried bringing our performances in utilising palmyra palm trees leaves into national young entrepreneur program held by the Ministry of Sports and Youths of Indonesia, and we got our first small grant with US $ 1,111. From that total funding up until now, we have been purchasing equipment and material supports for making handcrafts and training for our team in Cilota Bali. With these all efforts and challenges, Cilota Bali has set up to make more endeavours and movements so that we can bring more impacts to our local community especially in creating more jobs in the villages. Our big mission; Cilota Bali becomes the biggest processing and development of palmyra palm tree centre in Bali which brings the Indonesian social, cultural, economic, and environmental values all at once! This brings us, to the future, to optimize all of five palmyra palm trees parts; roots, stem, leaves, fruits, and water. For this month of December 2020, we are going to develop our innovation with palm sugar by using palmyra palm trees water empowering hundreds of farmers that has a big potential for both national and internationals markets and needs. Therefore, we hope that support funding from Youth Entrepreneurship Competition will put forward in achieving our Sustainable Development Goals; (1) no poverty, and (8) decent work and economic growth.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I come from Bali Island where it is known as one of International destinations in the world. I grew up in the Eastern Part of Bali; Tianyar Barat Village Karangasem a very dry and prewelfare land. However, my village has huge natural resources: palmyra palm tree. Since I was in a very young age, my family has taught me to make handcrafts from the palmyra palm leaves. From this, I could go to school with my own saving from making handcrafts called Klopok. Up to present, I have been a Project Leader of Klopok Handcraft Community in the village since 2012. I do not stop to enhance my skills and thankfully I could continue my study in a college with a scholarship and took English as my major. To date, I have been improving and developing my skills in English and arts in which handcrafts become my passion. I also once worked as a marketing staff in one of leading export-companies in Bali for months. I gained valuable experiences. To mention some, I learned how to identify customers, learned their interests, and created products tailored to their needs. This would help me foster my skills in Cilota Balis program implementation. In 2019, I was TOP 5 Winner on Social Innovation Competition by Impaction, USA. I am now contacting with Bali Creative Industry Center where I can explore more knowledge and practices to leverage the project particularly in handcrafts designs. When I have time, I also collaborate with other partners to create innovation and solutional grow together based. My team and I believe, networking with people are essential as we are planning to explore more insight and expand our business overseas in the near future.
Cilota Bali Team, Women Empowerment in Tianyar Barat Village-Bali
Designing and making handcrafts from Palmyra Palm Leaves
Young Generation of Cilota Bali Team