Kediri is a city in the province of East Java, Indonesia. It is the largest city in East Java after Surabaya (130 km north-east of the village) and Malang in terms of population, the archipelago itself being the 4th most populated country in the world with nearly 270 million inhabitants.
Kediri is known as the main commercial centre of Indonesia's largest sugar and cigarette industry (it is here that the Gudang Garam cigarette factory was established and developed).
The majority of the inhabitants of Kediri City are Javanese, followed by Chinese, and the Bataks who make up the first Christian community in Indonesia.
The majority of the population is Muslim, followed by Christians, and the religious communities live there in harmony. Housing is humble and families have few means.
Helping 5 families to become independent thanks to a collective economy
With the informal economy accounting for more than half of the country's workers, many people in already precarious work have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid economic crisis.
In close contact with those they accompany in their communities, the Daughters of Charity have come to realize how much anguish the parents who lost their jobs felt when they were no longer able to provide for their families and their children's schooling.
The children attend the school run by the Daughters of Charity in exchange for a small contribution. The pandemic has forced families to acquire the Internet so that children can follow distance education. A significant burden for them.
With the closure of markets and shopping centres and the restriction of access to transport imposed by the authorities, supply difficulties have complicated access to food, pushing the poorest people into extreme poverty.
Concerned by the distress of the families they support, the sisters of Kédiri initially organised a food aid programme to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, especially people with disabilities and unfortunately often isolated.
Sr Netty then focused on 5 families to help them regain food self-sufficiency and resume an activity.
The idea was therefore born around the implementation of a micro entrepreneurial project: the production and sale of "salted eggs".
Salted eggs are raw duck eggs preserved in a solution of charcoal ash and salt. It is a common food in Indonesia and Asia and appreciated by many people, regardless of their religion. Their nutritional quality and shelf life (15 days) allow the poorest people to consume protein-rich products other than meat, which is extremely expensive.
Produced by laying ducks fed with natural food, these organic eggs meet the energy needs while being good for the health of consumers.
Available almost everywhere, the outlets are important (modern shopping centres, traditional markets, grocery shops, pastry shops, food stalls...) In addition to domestic consumers, these eggs can also be sold in restaurants, ships, hospitals, dormitories, caterers...
A collective adventure
This project aims to increase the resources of these disadvantaged families while providing a guarantee of financial sustainability without risk.
It also has the advantage of encouraging duck farming in rural communities and generating increased income for duck breeders.
An initial capital of just over €2,000 will enable these families to adapt their housing if necessary to produce these eggs and to buy the appropriate equipment.
The manufacture and processing of the eggs into consumable products will be carried out from their homes, thus avoiding transport time and costs, while allowing family carers to continue caring for their disabled dependants.
Mrs Endah, one of the members of a needy family was a worker specialising in salted eggs before she lost her job. She will use her know-how (quality guarantee), training the other beneficiaries in egg production.
Mr. Han, the sole breadwinner of one of the families, and unemployed, will be able to manage online orders thanks to his knowledge in the field. The sale will also be made directly or on the spot.
- Provide additional income to meet the basic needs of families while enabling them to continue caring for their disabled family members.
- Preventing food insecurity
Deadline and steps :
- 1 month for the preparation of the different production sites
- 1 week for preparation of tools and materials
- 2 weeks to learn the production process
The beneficiaries are 5 destitute families close to the Community of the Daughters of Charity.
Each family has about 11 to 15 people who are unemployed or in precarious employment and some of whose members have physical limitations or disabilities (visual impairment or blindness).
A big THANK YOU for your generosity, thanks to you these families will have a less difficult day!
Je suis Sr.Netty, Fille de la Charité. Je vis dans la communauté St. Louise de Marillac, Kediri, Java Est, en Indonésie. Je fais partie du personnel de l'économat. Les Filles de la Charité sont présentes en Indonésie depuis 1931. Le nombre de sœurs vivant dans notre communauté est de 17 personnes, nombreuses d’entre elles oeuvrant pour apporter donner accès à l’éducation, la formation , la santé et la pastorale. Elles apportent leur aide aux personnes âgées, aux pauvres et aux malades dans la ville mais également les villages alentours.