Through the India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) with the support coming from the Indian Embassy in Indonesia sponsored five (5) grandmamas from Wadah Foundation communities in Eastern Indonesia to take part in the Training of Illiterate/Semi-Literate Rural Women on Solar Electrification and Rain Water Harvesting in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India.
The National Education Ministry, in cooperation with PKM Wadah Warabal, held a national workshop on Financial Literacy from July 3-6, 2018 at the Warabal Community Center in Parung, Bogor. It is the second national event assigned by the Ministry to PKM Wadah Warabal. The first assignment was the founding of the program called Kampung Literacy or the Literacy Village at Pemagarsari Village, Bogor on September 2017 in order to boost reading interest of the villagers.
Wadah Region II – Yogyakarta, in collaboration with the Yogyakarta division of the National Banks Association (Perbanas DIY), conducted social activities centered in the Dusun Putat, Tepus Wonosari, Yogyakarta on January 9, 2018.
With the support of the Wadah Foundation, 4 women from PKM Wadah Warabal - Mrs. Dede, Mrs. Lasiyem, Mrs. Ismulyana and Mrs. Adminah - participated in a sewing training course conducted by Hand Craft Gula Gula Community in December 2016 and January 2017 in Sawangan, Depok, West Java.
Currently the four women have started to apply their sewing knowledge and skills acquired from the training. They have since produced tissue cases, wallet, cangklong bags and carrying bags made from fabric.
To produce the items, PKM Wadah Warabal received 3 units of sewing machine donated by Wadah Foundation, Asuransi Astra and Good News From Indonesia (GNF). They also have got one unit press machine donated by Ibu Yuliani. Although demand for their products are not yet steady, orders have started to come in from local communities and even from companies such as Pertamina Patra Niaga.
The four women are aided by other women from the community in producing the items, by ironing and opening seams that are sewn incorrectly. (Kiswanti)