by Kirsten Eldridge, Jolkona Volunteer
Our 16 social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a three-week mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will come from Bangladesh and Indonesia to Seattle next month. This three-week intensive program will allow them to further hone their business plans, learn how to tell their story, and gain new insights. We can’t wait to welcome them to our offices on October 25th!
Today’s feature is Taufik Hidayat, Vice-CEO of Genteng Traditional Healthy Market. Genteng traditional Healthy Market has helped more than 367 poor farmers and over 200 households in Genteng village (West Java Province, Indonesia) to have better options for the sale of their products.
You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on November 11th in the beautiful, new Galvanize co-working space in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!
Outside of this project and work, what else do you do for fun in your home country? What other passions do you have?
What I do for fun outside of running my project is teaching poor students in a private vocational school in a border village at Garut City, Indonesia.
What inspired you to start this venture?
The inspiration to start the business was creating a self-business capacity for the poor local farmers by providing a place for them to sell their agricultural product and also assist them in running their business.
What is one obstacle you have faced in running your social business? How did you overcome this obstacle?
The obstacles in running the social business are that the farmers are uneducated, lack business capacity and lack business permits. That’s why farmer business up scaling was very difficult and susceptible of middleman monopolized system. To overcome that problem, I established a private traditional market. We provide a very cheap kiosk in the market for the poor farmer to sell their agriculture product directly in our market. We also assist the poor farmer to run their business with several programs so they can escalate their business progress.
What are you looking forward to when you come to the United States for the Jolkona Catalyst program?
I look forward to participating in the Jolkona Program so I can learn to plan my program better with the result that the program is more sustainable and gives more significant impact to the poor farmers and poor households.