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Robi Chayadi, one of PT RAPP SME Partner

Robi Cahyadi was away studying at an Islamic boarding school when he received the devastatingly bitter news – his father had died and he was now to be the breadwinner of his family.

Robi had to forego his dream of continuing his studies at university, choosing instead to help his mother run the family’s convenience store as soon as he graduated from boarding school.

However, things changed in 2004 when a tempting offer came from Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), who asked Robi to become a labour and transportation supplier for the company.

In response, Robi immediately found a handful of employees and formed a company in Buatan Baru, Kerinci Kanan in Indonesia.

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Robi Cahyadi, the owner of PT Robi Bersaudara. The Small Medium Enterprise Partner PT RAPP

It may seem unlikely, but Juanda decided to become a bee keeper in a rural part of Indonesia thanks to social media.

Inspired by a friend in 2014 who had imported the stingless kelulat bees to Java, Juanda wanted to start producing his own honey in Indonesia’s Siak Regency, but didn’t know where to start.

Juanda and kelulut honey
Juanda is now ready to produce more kelulut honey


Pangkalan Kerinci, located about 70km from Pekanbaru in Indonesia, is a small town which is known by very few outside it.

However, Kerinci’s main produce - pulp and paper – is used by millions of consumers in countries around the world.

Since 2005, it has also been a place that steadily produces human resources for the pulp and paper industry, thanks to the establishment of the APRIL Learning Institute (ALI).

The ALI was primarily founded with the aim of being an employee training and development centre for the APRIL Group, based on an initiative by APRIL Chairman Sukanto Tanoto, who was very concerned with the development and improvement of quality of each employee.

One of ALI's trainer was explaining the learning material

promising young athletes in Pelalawan

You’ll be hard pressed to go anywhere in Indonesia at the moment without hearing about the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. Almost every Indonesian citizen, young and old, is participating in cheering on their home-grown athletes to achieve victory at the biggest sports event in Asia in 2018.

Competing on an international stage and achieving such success are not easy feats – they require years of preparation and training, which are often provided to prospective future athletes from an early age.

Even then, sporting success can also be due to whether there are quality facilities available to the athletes to train at.

Some young athletes who reside in certain regions, particularly rural areas, may not be as lucky to have access to the sports facilities that they require.

It was with this realization that APRIL subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) created the Future Athletes Training Centre (PPLAMD) in the Pelalwan Regency in 2007. Launched with the support of the then-Mayor, PPLAMD was established with the goal of providing training to promising young athletes from the local community. The centre focused on three sports which were chosen due to their popularity in the area: karate, badminton, and tennis.

The centre was also part of APRIL founder Sukanto Tanoto’s vision that everyone should have the opportunity to realize his or her full potential.


Trophy and medal from the young athletes

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