A press article brought the Indonesian organisation Pratisara Bumi Foundation to our attention.
They offer a 9-month incubation programme for green entrepreneurship with a focus on strengthening the resilience of the Balinese economy in three sectors: Handicrafts, Agri-Food and Sustainable Tourism.
The programme, called INKURI, targets young Balinese aged 18 to 35, with a focus
on those who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
1.2 million Indonesian youth are still struggling to find a job. 60% of them live in rural areas.
What is special about INKURI, at the end of the programme, six finalists will be
supported to build their local sustainable business with start-up capital. The businesses are set up in rural areas of Bali, for the villagers and in collaboration with the villagers.
We have met the five founders of the organisation. We appreciate their seriousness and professionalism in pursuing sustainable development goals. They are also working successfully on this with the Women's Earth Alliance, for example.
Thanks to the generous donation, we will be able to support all six sustainable local businesses with start-up capital from August. We are very much looking forward to working with these young people who play an important role for change. We will introduce you to the six teams one by one and report regularly on their progress.
In doing so, chanceforchange is supporting green entrepreneurship in Bali and strengthening Bali's resilience through creativity and innovation.
Update August 2022:
In August 2022, after nine months of training, the six best sustainable business ideas were selected, which we will now provide with start-up capital.
A jury from business, ministry and education selected them.
We look forward to accompanying and supporting the following sustainable
start-ups from now on:
From now on, we are happy to accompany and support the following start-ups:
Pranee (ecological washing powder from Bali)
Bagudaya (handmade shoes from Bali made of agave fibres)
Kopuri (organic coffee from Bali)
Gumitri (rice snacks from farmers in Bali)
Bendega (mangrove snacks and sustainable mangrove tour provider)
Travelearn (travel agency, discover Bali through learning. Provider of courses, workshops of local traditions in cooperation with traditional businesses).
Since we already visited our favourites Travelearn and Bendega, we went to Pranee first after the finale. The winners of the Inkuri programme. Ecological detergent, made in Bali, that convinced the jury the most.
Pamela, Mira and Satria have known each other since their school days. They are in the young age of 19-20 and on an excursion they saw how polluted a river became due to cheap, chemical detergent. The foam was still clearly visible.
Since then, they have been working on an ecological detergent in the home of one of their parents. In the long term and depending on their success, they plan to convert a garage.
They use their start-up capital for an official health safety licence, marketing purposes and their focus is on direct sales as well as to retailers and contonous production.
They need about three months to ferment the tropical fruit waste with water and palm sugar. The organic enzyme is then mixed with biodegradable palm kernel oil surfactants. Essential aromatic
oils (lavender, ylang-ylang, lemon or lotus flower) give the detergent a pleasant, natural scent. In the long run, they want to find a substitute for palm kernel oil surfactants and create the
fragrances from real flower essences like from the lotus flower.
We washed a small piece of fabric by hand and found positive advantages to common detergents: It is velvety soft on the skin, it smells good and it can be poured directly down the drain.
With their product, the three young Balinese support not only sustainable consumption and production, but also the sustainable development goal of Clean Water. It is a long way to an all-round sustainable product, but the three are already a role model for many other young Balinese.
However, they also feel that the work is just beginning, that everything has to run in parallel and how important their time management is. Besides, there is already the first direct competition from Bali. However, with a price of 3 € for 1 litre, Pranee is cheaper than her competition.
New project since January 2022:
We are happy about the cooperation with the ikat weaving mill Endek Sekar Jepun in Denpasar. Every ikat shawl supports the Endek Sekar Jepun weaving mill and its weavers, as well as promoting the training of weavers. In the long run, we hope to create new jobs independent of tourism. An ikat scarf made of 100% cotton costs 60 € including shipping and can be pre-ordered now via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colour and pattern depend on supply and demand. Each scarf is a unique handcrafted piece. More info in the video below.