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2010 was a big year for Izwan, a native of Tanjung Padang Village, Meranti Island District, Riau. Along with some other Tanjung Padang residents, he established Karya Bersama Cooperative in order to help develop the local community. Karya Bersama Cooperative then became a partner of APRIL subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP).

The cooperative initially provided two canal boats to support RAPP’s operations but, as the company grew, nine more were added in 2015. “We also bought a water tanker and Colt diesel truck to support PT RAPP’s activities in Pulau Padang,” said Izwan.

 

Izwan’s business continued to grow and, after being contracted to manage a nursery for PT RAPP, was employing 50 members of the local community. 

Quality education is vitally important for each and every human being, and is number four in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

It’s for this reason that APRIL subsidiary RAPP provides scholarships to promising students from local communities.

Resi Wilinsih comes from Gunung Sahilan, Kampar Regency, Riau, and was determined to earn a higher education in order to improve her family’s economic situation. Her father is a smallholder who earns around Rp1.5 million (approximately US$112) a month, while her mother is a housewife.

When he first saw a group of people practicing martial arts near his house, Muhammad Zulfikri had no idea it was the beginning of a journey that would take him on a medal-winning tour around the world.

Zul, now aged 18 years old, immediately asked his parents to sign him up for karate lessons.

Eight years later the home he shares with his parents in Indonesia’s Riau province is overflowing with medals and trophies won from international tournaments.

APRIL has had a busy month, selling basic commodities at discounted prices to benefit local communities in Riau throughout June.

Held at 16 locations around the region along with other companies under RGE, the culmination was held at the Integrated Training and Business Development Center (BPPUT), Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau on 18 June 2017 and attended by the Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita.

The Minister was accompanied by representatives of the Riau Provincial Government, as well as RGE Director, Anderson Tanoto. They witnessed the bazaar and helped distribute 8,000 grocery packages at below the market price. The minster expressed his appreciation at the event, and at RGE’s commitment to help the community.

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