More than a year after the tsunami, people on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia are still in need of support. Solidar Suisse is helping with grants for small business owners and helped to repair fishing boats.

The earthquake in the autumn of 2018 triggered a tsunami that devasted vast parts of the city of Palu and other places along the coast of Central Sulawesi. Jointly with the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Solidar Suisse provided access to drinking water for 10,000 people and constructed more than 100 latrines. After this emergency relief we are now providing more long-term support.

Grants for Micro Entrepreneurs

Market vendors, street restaurants, food processing businesses and craft enterprises can procure the materials they need for their business activities with grants from Solidar Suisse. In addition to the start-up capital, Solidar Suisse and its local partner MDMC provide technical skills and business counselling trainings to improve the profitability of the micro enterprises. In the project, Solidar Suisse is supporting a total of 1,300 micro entreprises in the Donggala district. A majority of the beneficiaries are women whose husbands are currently generating no or insufficient income. The project is being co-financed by the Glückskette.

Fishing boats as a basis for income

In collaboration with the local organisation MDMC (Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center), Solidar Suisse has assisted 268 fishermen in the repair of their fishing boats. Native materials were used to repair the boats and the local market is now being served with fishing.

Community work

Over 200 daily labourers who have been unable to find paid work in the wake of the disaster have been able to generate a temporary income through “Cash for Work” by communal clean-up work.

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