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With global warming and climate change on the rise, the Indonesian government has consistently reiterated the need to tackle the issue head-on.

One way the government is doing this is through the Climate Village Program, which encourages local communities to carry out climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

These activities include proper waste collection and disposal, biogas production, composting, reforestation, and land and forest fire prevention.

One of the nurseries at the Climate Village

 

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.

PT RAPP community development
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

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