Indonesia: Rearing Animals – A Way out of Poverty

A poor economic situation, great poverty and next to no perspectives. Farmers in Indonesia often live on the edge of survival. Two Indonesian churches want to combat family poverty with animal rearing projects to enable their poorest members to have a better future.

Many members of the churches on Sulawesi live in small villages scattered across the entire island. Despite the richness of the land's resources, Indonesian families often lack the knowledge and skills to gain any profits from their agricultural work - for example by applying modern methods of farming or land development. Since parents have a low income, many children are unable to attend school since there is barely enough money to allow families to survive. The situation is made worse by the general economic situation in Indonesia. The prices of essential commodities are increasing at a rapid pace.

For this reason, two churches on Sulawesi have started two animal rearing projects to support their poorest members financially.

Supporting women in Donggala

The Protestant Indonesian Church in Donggala (GPID) supports housewives in particular to rear pigs and goats and this helps them receive further training and earn their own money. It also improves the living conditions of their families and they can send their children to school to provide them with a better future.

During the first phase of the project, they learn how to rear pigs and goats at little cost, what to feed them and what medication the animals need. Entrepreneurial knowledge is also part of the training. The programme also makes a positive contribution to environmental protection. Pig rearing produces organic fertiliser which farmers can use on the fields. The families can then put into practice the knowledge they have learnt. They build pens and then receive a female and a male animal which they can rear.

Cattle rearing in Mamasa

More and more people in Indonesian cities belong to the middle class. As a result, meat consumption is on the rise and the market for cattle is growing. The Church of Toraja Mamasa (GTM) has therefore started a cattle-rearing project. At the start, each family receives four heads of cattle for fattening. They feed the animals with grass they have sown themselves and muck out the cowsheds.

During both projects, the church's development departments accompany the farmers, providing them with expert advice and help them to buy and sell animals. Earnings from a sale are shared: with their share, the families buy new cattle. With the other share, the churches bring other families into the programme.

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