Indonesia- Nanang Armin, coconut sugar farmer

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We now have access to a stable market that offers competitive prices. We are also provided climbing necessities such as jerry cans, climbing plastic rope, lime chalk, and fertilizer at a lower cost and on credit.”

Nanang Armin is a 37-year-old coconut tree climber from Bengkulu, Indonesia and Karmini is a 34-year-old cook. As a climber, Nanang harvests sap from coconut flowers at the top of trees with a jerry can and then takes the collected sap to a communal kitchen where a group of women cooks, including his wife Karmini, process the sap to produce caramelized sugar.

“Before, we faced a lot of challenges with debt collectors. They lent us money for production, and as part of the loan payment, we sold the coconut sugar to them at low prices. Now, we receive a lot of support. For example, we are taught about preservative use to increase sugar quality, the cooking process for granular sugar, and how to cook mold sugar efficiently.

 We now have access to a stable market that offers competitive prices. We are also provided climbing necessities such as jerry cans, climbing plastic rope, lime chalk, and fertilizer at a lower cost and on credit. Finally, we are given short-term loans that do not trap us in debt circles.

We appreciate the regular visits and training from field officers and the relationships they build with us and our families. Our dream is to buy a house and a car.”