It was just exactly one week after I came back from a Europe trip for Sustainable Food Awards in Amsterdam and Superior Taste Awards in Brussels, Belgium.
This success cannot be apart of all hard work of our small holder farmers and Aliet Green’s dynamic team to make all these happen.
As every farmer has his own ways to continue inspiring me at all times, I got an opportunity to meet with one of farmers from Aliet Green’s Project named Mr. Jemakir during my weekly field visit to prepare annual external organic inspection.
At a glance, there was nothing wrong with this person. He has over 15 Coconut trees to be harvested. He even still helps his mom to harvest her Coconut trees. He is just a humble person living at his simple hut. It is just like the other farmers.
A father of three, Mr. Jemakir started to become blind when he was 17 years old. He lost his sights after long term illness that could not be treated in the nearest small public health center in the village. He is the only blind farmer of Aliet Green’s project that is still climbing up Coconut trees himself with no assistance from others. It is really a miracle as coconut sugar production needs skilled tappers to do so. He has proven that he is really a skilled farmer by keep harvesting Coconut blossom sap of each Coconut tree every single day without failure. He said with the amount of coconut trees he owns, he has been able to feed the family much better since he has become part of Aliet Green’s project. He can send his children to school. He is also happy to prevent his family from malnutrition. He has surely seen this from his vision to create resilient future for his family.
It is definitely positive impacts of Aliet Green’s project existing for some years. Farmers have experienced increased livelihoods from time to time as sales of Aliet Green is increasing.
Empowering farmers with disabilities is part of Aliet Green’s social responsibilities. Farmers with disabilities in poor rural communities are the most disadvantaged supply chain.
By launching a social farming for disabled farmers, Aliet Green promotes opportunities and improves the welfare of farmers who live with disabilities – and then linking back to society at large to ensure their further development.