Recycling Strapping Waste for Women Economic EmpowermentRANesia
PT Indah Kiat Perawang Mill, part of the Asia Pulp and Paper Group, initiates a business program of recycling strapping rope waste as an effort to empower women. The United Nation Development Program (UNDP) said that opportunities for job creation for those who need it are included in the concept of market inclusion to improve welfare. This synergy is one of the community development concepts adopted by PT Indah Kiat by showing a the company’s business growth with by growing the welfare of surrounding community. For the success of the rope strapping craftsmen, PT Indah Kiat Perawang Mill received an Indonesian Green Award in 2014.
Strapping rope is a plastic pallet strap, which is used by PT Indah Kiat Perawang Mill to package production materials such as paper and pulp. The idea of using strapping straps that the company could no longer use for woven crafts was started by Muhammad Nur, a former employee of PT Indah Kiat Perawang Mill. It turns out that the results of the webbing are quite good and strong. Mr. Nur then submitted to the company through the community development program team as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CD-CSR) to recycle straps waste.
Recycling Strapping Rope Empowers Women
The strapping woven handicraft started from only the main business of Pak Nur’s family (after he resigned to focus on developing his business) and his wife Bu Nurlis, becoming one of the sources of livelihood for some families in Tualang Village. The craftsmen formed a group called ‘Tunas Harapan’ from the initial number of approximately 45 housewives from 4 RTs to to 95 members consisting of 5 men and 90 women. In addition to the Tunas Harapan group, PT Indah Kiat Perawang also employs another group with 30 members in Pinang Sebatang Village, Tualang District, Siak Regency.
The majority of m the craftsmen group are housewives. The founder realized the conditions of the women in his village who must work outside of home, while no one took care of her children at home. Sometimes incidents happen to unattended children such as drowning when they play in the river.
With the women’s empowerment program, PT Indah Kiat Perawang hopes that these women can have income while taking care of their children.
All material needed for making woven will be sent to their respective homes, as well as the baskets productwill be taken by Nurlis. Mr. Nurlis delivers material and picks up the woven products only with his cart and motorcycle.
PT Indah Kiat does not only provide economic opportunity, but also provide knowledge and understanding for the members to help each other as family. Each months, hundreds of handicrafts are sold and sales are even wider. Demand does not only come from cities in Riau Province, but also from West Sumatra. The volume of strapping waste used also have increased. Until the end of 2018, there are a total of two tons of strapping waste used as woven raw materials every month. All of these ropes were purchased from PT Indah Kiat Perawang Mill. This synergy is one of the community development concepts adopted by PT Indah Kiat by showing a the company’s business growth with by growing the welfare of surrounding community.
The PT Indah Kiat Perawang revenue from strapping waste sales returned to the Tunas Harapan Handicrafts Group. These returns are in the form of assistance in the construction of supporting facilities, drilling wells, pumps and washing pools. In addition, the company also buys handicrafts as souvenirs and facilitates the participation of craftsmen in various exhibitions.
Benefits and Learning
The success of the Tunas Harapan Handicraft Group in expanding markets have improved the welfare of its members. Persistent effort, hard work, and team work to support each other in the family are the success of the individuals and groups.
Their average wage is between Rp. 800,000 to Rp. 1,500,000 and can be even more in peak season during Ramadhan or celebration months. This equals to 40% of the Perawang regional minimum wage, which is helpful to meet the family’s needs.
“I earn between Rp. 900,000 and Rp. 1,200,000, but I prefer to collect it first and then pick it up in a few months or when there is a need. I collect the money and then buy jewelry or children’s school needs,” said Dahlia, 36 years old, one of the strapping woven craftsmen.
Nurlis, Pak Nur’s wife, treasurer of the Tunas Harapan Group said that, “Women goup members prefer to collect the results of their income. If they have saved enough, they will use the money for limited purposes. In the future we want to form a cooperative to help fulfilling the needs of the members