Fair Trade Stories
Fair Trade First Semester Report 2018
by Lastiana Yuliandari
The First Semester of 2018 has been a successful period for the Aliet Green’s Fair Trade Projects. We have intensively worked on our new creative direction – providing beneficial projects for our producers as reported on the Fair Trade Semester Report.
We have continued to focus on our core commodity of Organic Fair Trade Coconut Sugar which has driven volume growth.
Sales of other certified products also grew rapidly and we began to evolve our model to work in new and innovative ways with Aliet Green’s producers.
The higher the demand, the more Fair Trade Fund can be distributed. It has to be followed with the higher and stable quality.
For Aliet Green, high quality always matters as we are the Quality Leader for supplying our Organic and Fair Trade Coconut Sugar and other specialty products from Indonesia.
Below, we would like to happily share our First Semester Short Report on the Use of Fair Trade Funds received. We have used EURO as the currency for all Fair Trade Premium Fund Report.
We would like to thank every single producer and consumer, staff member who made Fair Trade Projects in the First Semester of 2018 the success it was. We laid the foundation for equally successful Second Semester of 2018 and 2019, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come our way as we continue on our mission to change trade.
THE FIRST SEMESTER SHORT REPORT FOR FAIR TRADE PROJECTS AT ALIET GREEN
Organization : Aliet Green
Period : January – June 2018
Location : 2 Villages in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Date of Report : July 31, 2018
The Use of Fair Trade Premium Fund Was Divided into following projects:
Capacity building of farmers and community: 5.56%
Social activities: 11.12%
Internal development of fair trade committees: 8.88%
Production Capacity Improvement: 7.77%
1. Capacity Building of Farmers
Training is part of a regular refreshment activity to be conducted for free for farmers so farmers are updated about standards required by Aliet Green and international markets.
2. Road Constructions
These infrastructures provide the opportunities for easy access to main roads and creating forward and backward linkages for agricultural development in the villages.
3. School Constructions and Facilities
Construction is wide array of facilities in various schools of the areas in sub villages. Providing proper school equipment is our support for fighting against illiteracy.
4. Social Activities
Fair Trade Premium Fund for Social Activities targeted elderly, coconut climbers getting farm accidents, scholarships and social farming activities.
5. Internal Development for Members of Fair Trade Committee
Providing supporting equipment was necessary to help increase work performance of members of Fair Trade Committee.
6. Production Capacity Improvement
Fair Trade Premium Fund was used to ensure minimum hygiene standards can be fulfilled at farmers’ level by providing standardized production equipment distributed evenly Impact Target.
Overall Fair Trade Projects to develop in 2 villages Aliet Green is working at mainly aimed to target for more than 1,000 farmers belonging to the project but the beneficiaries accessing infrastructures have reached more 5,000 inhabitants.
It means our impacts and influence of Fair Trade Projects have been scaled up and beneficial for the whole community
Fair Trade Premium Fund Received (In Total) per June 2018 – EUR 29,502.72
Fair Trade Premium Spent (In Total) per June 2018 – EUR 12,857.50
Fair Trade Premium Balance (In Total) per June 2018 – EUR 16,645.22
A Vision for Clear and Resilient Future
by Lastiana Yuliandari
It was just exactly one week after I came back from a Europe trip for Sustainable Food Awards in Amsterdam and Superior Taste Awards in Brussels, Belgium.
This success cannot be apart of all hard work of our small holder farmers and Aliet Green’s dynamic team to make all these happen.
As every farmer has his own ways to continue inspiring me at all times, I got an opportunity to meet with one of farmers from Aliet Green’s Project named Mr. Jemakir during my weekly field visit to prepare annual external organic inspection.
At a glance, there was nothing wrong with this person. He has over 15 Coconut trees to be harvested. He even still helps his mom to harvest her Coconut trees. He is just a humble person living at his simple hut. It is just like the other farmers.
A father of three, Mr. Jemakir started to become blind when he was 17 years old. He lost his sights after long term illness that could not be treated in the nearest small public health center in the village. He is the only blind farmer of Aliet Green’s project that is still climbing up Coconut trees himself with no assistance from others. It is really a miracle as coconut sugar production needs skilled tappers to do so. He has proven that he is really a skilled farmer by keep harvesting Coconut blossom sap of each Coconut tree every single day without failure. He said with the amount of coconut trees he owns, he has been able to feed the family much better since he has become part of Aliet Green’s project. He can send his children to school. He is also happy to prevent his family from malnutrition. He has surely seen this from his vision to create resilient future for his family.
It is definitely positive impacts of Aliet Green’s project existing for some years. Farmers have experienced increased livelihoods from time to time as sales of Aliet Green is increasing.
Empowering farmers with disabilities is part of Aliet Green’s social responsibilities. Farmers with disabilities in poor rural communities are the most disadvantaged supply chain.
By launching a social farming for disabled farmers, Aliet Green promotes opportunities and improves the welfare of farmers who live with disabilities – and then linking back to society at large to ensure their further development.
Doing the Impossible Thing Possible
Yogyakarta, May 27, 2018
by Lastiana Yuliandari
It was 10 a.m. in the morning when I met Eko Sumitro, a young man welcoming my visit with his big smile at his simple house.
He has been part of the Green Project of Aliet Green for more than 5 years.
I went there as part of regular visit to meet farmers receiving Fair Trade Funds of the running Fair Trade projects. I am always excited to visit farmers in hilly areas as my short recreation. This time, my visit was about to analyze the needs of disabled farmers due to farm accidents.
This Fair Trade project for disabled farmers later called SOCIAL FARMING was launched in late 2017. The aim of this program is to support disabled farmers who either are still able to work at farms or are unable to do so at all.
Social Farming involves economic participation for vulnerable persons (e.g. people with physical disabilities due to farm accidents) to integrate back into society. It does this by providing them with new skills and by rewarding them with a feeling of usefulness and self-appreciation.
Farm accidents causing injuries include severe back, leg, or arm and leg impairments (including amputations), and spinal cord injuries.
Farm accidents are among the most prevalent workplace injuries.
Falling down the coconut trees has become Aliet Green’s concerns in all aspects considering Organic Coconut Sugar has been its main commodity. There is no tool or technology to help farmers harvest the coconut blossom sap until now. All has to be done manually.
Eko Sumarito, 23 years old, an elementary school graduate, was once, alike just one of young coconut farmers assisting his family by harvesting his income source through making Organic Coconut Sugar. He definitely knew this main income has fed his family since he was a little baby.
As the only child of the family he feels that he is responsible for taking care of his parents.
This is how the Javanese tradition works. Who knew that he experienced a bad injury losing one of his legs due to falling off the coconut tree. Climbing up the coconut tree is a seriously dangerous job to do, especially during rainy season.
He was completely sad once he knew he only had one leg to struggle and harvest his income. It took more than 8 months for him to get used to his new life and understand situation he was dealing with.
When I met him last week, he has showed his dignity and strength that he has gone back to work and started to climbing back again. Eko Sumitro is just one of the farmers experiencing bad farm accidents. He got back on his foot once he passed through a long misery losing his leg.
He is officially disabled, but he is truly enabled because of his courage to take the challenge to not give up. His unique challenges have opened up unique opportunities to reach so many in need having the same disability with less courage.
Not only does he show farmers how they can still farm, but he provides the tough love to get them out of their self-pity and despair.
As a customer, you may not realize if you may have received or imported at least one gram of Coconut Sugar in one of the bags produced by farmers like Eko Sumitro who is physically disabled. Amazingly, he can still climb up some of coconut trees he owns. His mother helps boil the harvested coconut blossom sap every day. He also involves another climber to harvest the rest of his coconut trees of which he cannot reach out due to hilly areas by profit sharing (2 days output to owner e.g. Eko Sumitro and 2 days to climber).
Farmer income varies significantly depending on trees tapped and ownership model. Estimated hourly labor income being a Coconut Sugar farmer is USD 0.65. As this way continues, farmers can live above minimum regional wage stated by the local government. This is what we call a decent price.
Aliet Green believes social farming can embrace all economic aspects reaching out disabled farmers like Eko Sumitro. As he also deserves a good life for his hard work producing Coconut Sugar with international standards with his disability. As worldwide demand continues to grow.
Yogyakarta, June 2018
by Lastiana Yuliandari
Rewards for academic competitiveness for farmers’ children at primary schools are part of future investment of Fair Trade projects.
There have been many schools in the rural areas where Aliet Green is running Fair Trade projects requesting supporting fund to increase the learning quality. From school infrastructure to educational grants for students from the registered farmers with good academic competitiveness will help improve the quality of student learning.
There are still some students suffering from illiteracy who mainly come from low income families who have not been part of Aliet Green’s Fair Trade project in the rural areas where we are running the project. Fair Trade Premium Funds received is to primarily help improve education lives of children in rural communities.
Since 2017, this innovation is to improve education quality and student learning for over 100 students from registered farmers then may reach other more students to participate to receive grants to help rural areas free from illiteracy.
Higher Education Paving the Way
Yogyakarta, March 2018
by Lastiana Yuliandari
Fair Trade premium fund is often invested on education so that farmers can afford to keep their children in school and out of the fields.
From creating scholarship funds, improving school infrastructure to purchasing supplies for students, the additional income from Fair Trade is giving children in remote farming communities the opportunity to learn.
A public primary school like SDN Tegiri lacked of funding to improve school infrastructure such as paving block for the school yard where children used to have play space and gather during break time. Poor and insufficient school infrastructure negatively impact student learning and schooling outcomes.
Before being paved, the school yard always got affected by flood during rainy season as it was purely muddy.
This not only took place at Tegiri Primary School but also nearly all primary schools located at Aliet Green’s Coconut project. Fair Trade premium fund is primarily used to support schools in need.
Each Fair Trade Purchase is helping send these students back to school—and keeping them there.