Updated: May 27
InfiniteEARTH and Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve work with all community members. Women make a valuable contribution to our initiatives and are able to generate additional income which clearly has a positive impact on their financial stability.
The role of women in REDD+
Women are critical to the success of REDD+ and empowering them helps us build a stronger community with continuing economic growth.
The devastating loss of viable forests in developing countries has highlighted the need for communities to take action to protect their forests in return for compensation from
industrialized nations. Decisions made in forestry management will affect men and women in varying ways.
In studies conducted by the UN and other organizations, it has become apparent that because men usually control the forestry institutions and resources, there is asymmetry
between men and women when it comes to forestry decision making.
However, it’s usually women who gather the resources from forests, such as wood, food, medicine, and animal fodder which is used for the benefit of the family and community
as a whole.
Women’s groups can be effective structures for community-based forest management
which is why we at InfiniteEARTH, thought it prudent to start the women’s COOP where
women would be empowered to develop initiatives that would be overseen by women
while working in partnership with the men in the community.
It’s not enough to just keep the carbon locked in forests, trying to stop deforestation is certainly a major goal but for REDD+ to be a success, we need to ensure that we provide financing mechanisms that will have an impact on the community as a whole, while
simultaneously empowering women, helping them develop economic independence while improving access to education, health and basic necessities.
The goal of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity is vital to the survival of
stakeholders and the growth of communities. To succeed in the sustainable development of our project area, we need to ensure that the community are given the tools, financing, education and training that will help ensure longevity in their economic growth which must stable enough to be continued beyond the lifespan of the project.
Small businesses contribute to local economies by stimulating economic growth and providing employment opportunities to people who may not be employable by larger corporations, of which there are very few the region where our project in located in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Chicken Farm Micro-enterprise
Women in Borneo have a particularly hard time earning an income and we make every effort to support these women.
There are two chicken coops in Baung village and Jahitan village - approx 100
chicks are purchased every 35-40 days and sold to village neighbours. The profit for
each cycle ranges between 50- 150 USD. A fairly substantial amount considering the
average income per household in our area of Indonesia is about USD 100-150
Women who participate in the micro-enterprise have an opportunity to contribute to and
improve their family's economic well-being. They may also be able to make a contribution to
finance their children's education and health needs.
Zuper Shrimp Paste
Every spring, each family in the Sungai Perlu village, harvest 200-500kg’s of good quality shrimp. A traditional shrimp paste is made, packaged with food grade materials and
sold to neighboring villages.
This initiative continues to bring consistent income to the village. Improved health and
hygiene in the production process has been an important factor in expanding the market to
the neighboring big towns.
The women’s COOP in charge of this initiative would like to expand production while maintaining a high quality product and the focus is now on a strategic marketing plan.
This initiative has been particularly empowering for the women who now run a
retail shop in Kuala Pembuang, selling ZUPER and other homemade food products
This initiative meets the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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