In the beginning, Maya’s parents didn’t approve of her becoming a farmer. Like in the Philippines, farming is not a career option for young people in Indonesia.
Maya and her four other friends have always wanted to be farmers. As women, they thought of having their own business where they can have more flexible time allowing them to take care of their family. Farming is a good business as everyone needs food. Organic farming, in particular, produces healthy products while protecting the environment.
In 2012, Maya and her friends put up “Twelve’s Organic,” an organic farm in East Java which is also a demo farm for the young people they train to be organic farmers.
Maya admits that it is a challenge to encourage the youth to follow the path she is on but she says the best way she can do is to show them that organic farming can be a profitable career option.
“Everyone should be dispensable,” Molly stressed while talking about the enterprises she helped develop.
Molly is the Director for Enterprises of Timbaktu Collective. She promotes organic farming and supports the following initiatives: a weaving unit with young marginalized women who work on natural dyes; sale of handmade soap made by people with disabilities; and a small organic shop of local produce providing direct income to the community.
Timbaktu Collective is a non-profit organization working for sustainable development in the drought prone Anantapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) India. Through the years, they have empowered women who had no access to finance, put up a school, and transformed the area damaged by fire, overgrazing, and desertification into what it is now, a flourishing forest.
Molly feels privileged living a simple life in a place where there’s community, camaraderie, and good food. It is where she wants to spend more time on the land – growing, tilling, and harvesting.