Muntigunung Trekking and rosella tea
Trek to Muntigunung – A Social Solution
Last modified: 2011-11-18 01:46:57
For survival, the children of Muntigunung must spend many hours every day carrying water to their homes.
Our projects are enabling these children to attend school.
The main focus of our work is to secure sustainable livelihood development in poor regions in Bali, Indonesia.
Muntigunung is one of the mountain areas that suffer from the harsh climate conditions in North Bali. The village is home to most of the begging women who come to the main cities and tourist centers in the south during dry season.
They bring their children to the streets and beg for money to secure the much needed income for their families up north. This situation is rather unusual for the Balinese culture. Families and communities are usually strong and supportive of each other. However, due to the difficult living conditions in Muntigunung, those supporting structures are no longer working.
Question: If the people do not have water, why don’t they move?
Answer: The Balinese have deep roots in their own land, and every Balinese house has its own family temple where it is believed that their ancestors reside. It is this deep religious connection that leads people – even those who have succeeded in finding jobs far away – to regularly return to their villages to attend important ceremonies in the family house and the temple, and to bring offerings to the different gods and spirits at the village temples. For most Balinese, it would be considered impossible to break those ties forever by leaving the land, because they would be leaving with it all of their ancestral, religious and spiritual ties to the land.
Question: Why do the women of Muntigunung travel to the tourist spots to beg with their small children?
Answer: Extreme poverty and hunger, caused by the chronic lack of water and no hope of income, force the women to bring their children to the more prosperous areas of Bali, where there is at least the possibility of gathering enough money simply to buy food for themselves and their families to survive.
Question: Are the people in Muntigunung simply ‘too lazy’ to work? Couldn’t they do more to improve their own lives?
Answer: The answer is illustrated the following inescapable cycle:
* No Water = No Food and No Income
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The objective of this commercialized activity is to produce high quality products locally grown and to sell them under the „Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise“ label in Bali. We want to grow this business in order to create as many additional work places as possible. Zukunft für Kinder is responsible for the initial funding of this program.
After harvesting 4.6 tons of rosella flowers and processing them to tea in 2009 (25 villages participated during the first year), the results of 2010 were mind blowing. 65 tons of flowers had to be processed: 40’000 boxes of tea, sweets (dried rosella flowers) and thousands of glasses of rosella in syrup were produced over a time period of 10 weeks. Muntigunung Community Social Enterprise received the required licenses to sell the products. Due to bad weather conditions in the following year, only eight tons of flowers were harvested in 2011. As a result of continuous promotional activities as well as local media coverage, sales numbers are growing slowly but steadily. Some of the leading hotels in Bali use the rosella tea to prepare welcome drinks for their guests. During the processing period of three months, up to 80 villagers are employed full time. It is our aim to further grow our customer base and develop additional rosella based products.