Ms. Sari, a needy widow with two kids, is preparing the planting media for vegetable farming on waste plastic basins and waste metal cooking pots she collected from the landfill.

Umi Nadiroh Kudori – Facilitating Needy Women to Live a Vegan Lifestyle

We help dozens of rural women entangled in feminization of poverty who function as the breadwinners in their family to get rid of poverty and hunger in efficient, effective, and sustainable ways through the combined efforts of ecofeminism, environmental veganism, and good governance of plastic-waste. To this end, we motivate, train, and facilitate women facing feminization of poverty to live an independent veganism lifestyle in which they self-sufficiently satisfy their food and herbal needs by managing organic farms on pots upcycled from waste plastic bottles and bags. We facilitate them to farm food and herbal crops for their self-consumption, so that they get rid of hunger and morbidity, as well as for sale, so that they get rid of poverty.

Meanwhile, feminization of poverty is one of the strategic issues at the global level that severely affects female groups since a long time ago in developing countries like Indonesia. But tragically, it remains undetected by the development policymakers as the affected women, especially the low educated or even the illiterate ones, try to survive by wrestling with marginal livelihoods which are also undetected, such as waste collectors, beggars, odd jobs, and other servitudes unlisted in the development statistics. As a result, the development policymakers fail to accommodate the issues of feminization of poverty in development planning so this problem become increasingly severe, complex, and chronic. This project constitutes as a powerful tool by which we can prove that the feminization of poverty does exist in all parts of Indonesia, and that veganism can be applied as one of the best solutions for the feminization of poverty and all other forms of poverty.

We initially inspired by some homeless families led by women in urban slums in Java, who happened to be our beneficiaries, who tried to grow some vegetables on waste buckets by which they eventually managed to eat fresh vegetables although only in a small quantity and frequency due primarily to the scarcity of space and resources. Then we tried to facilitate them to enhance that initiative with our own resources.

As a new and small NGO that faces limited-resource as well as limited funding sources, we enormously need this seed grant from The Pollination Project to realize this project. Upon completion, this project would become a shop window to attract more donors at local as well as international levels to scale up this project for the betterment of our beneficiaries in specific and other needy people in general.