The aid organization Global Micro Initiative e.V., based in Hösbach, shows how women in Indonesia make a valuable contribution to the local economy and finance their families with their own income. Even a small start-up financing is enough.

International Women’s Day first took place just over a hundred years ago. It came about during a time when women were fighting for equal rights, the right to vote and the emancipation of working women. In the past hundred years, much progress has been made towards equality. Although absolute equality is not yet a reality, basic rights have largely been achieved in the Western world. Access to education, the right to independence, the opportunity to pursue a profession – in Germany these are a matter of course, but elsewhere they are still denied to women.

Even in the rural regions of Indonesia and the Philippines, where the Global Micro Initiative e.V. (GMI) is active, women rarely have access to education. (GMI), women rarely have access to education and are usually not employed. Yet women in these poor regions can make a valuable contribution to the local economy and the security of their families. This is illustrated by the successful story of Wardah (40), an Indonesian woman.

“Wardah makes kerupuk, traditional Indonesian crackers,” says Tobias Schüßler, initiator of GMI. “With the help of a microloan, Wardah implemented her business idea and is now so successful that she can finance her entire family with her income from the sale of the crackers. Her husband then quit his job as a cab driver to get involved in kerupuk production.” With a little start-up funding, Wardah has been able to build a successful small family business, which she is steadily expanding. In doing so, she is making a valuable contribution to the local economy.

“In addition to Wardah, there are already several other successful women who have set up their own businesses in Indonesia, and some of them even sell their homemade goods in their own online stores,” explains Schüßler. “Through our training programs and microloans, we support the women’s path to self-employment.”

Financial empowerment opens up access to education for the next generation of Indonesian women and, at the same time, a path to greater self-sufficiency in the long term.

Translator: Anja