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West Papua: A Grassroots Perspective on Micro-enterprise Development and Civic Participation

Drug store in Indonesia. (jogales/Flickr)

Drug store in Indonesia. (jogales/Flickr)

Trickle Up is having a positive impact on West Papuans in several ways:

  1. It is encouraging business diversity, as many clients start a separate business alongside the first enabling them to build savings and assets.
  2. Through the efforts of some Project Partners, links are being created between Papuan wholesalers and retailers, for example farmers selling to vendors, where before, Papuan retailers would have no choice but to buy from Indonesians. Business opportunities for some Papuans are thus improving.
  3. Business skills are improving in areas such as record keeping (and not selling on credit).
  4. The clients are learning to manage small sums of money and have begun saving regularly for the first time. Many have opened bank accounts.
  5. Some clients have been able to improve their standard of living, for example, in terms of improved housing.
  6. Women clients have been given access to business capital, enhancing their economic self-reliance and confidence.
  7. Papuans develop the skills to be able to compete against the Buginese and Makassans who control 80% of the small businesses in West Papua - therefore strengthening their economic security.
  8. The Project Partners use Trickle Up as an entry point for their other programs - on human rights, gender, and environment.

One of our Project Clients, Martha, summarised our program's impact the best when she said "Since joining Trickle Up, I've learnt financial management skills that have meant that I manage my money better. I've used the business grant and profits, and have been able to borrow money from my savings and loans group to increase the stock in my business; now I'm competing with the Indonesian shop keepers in my community". It is hoped that such efforts, as illustrated by the Trickle Up program may contribute to reducing political tension and conflict, enhancing peace and security in the region.