Weaving, Vegetables Farming, Forest Conservation & Setting up Rural Internet Centres (All in One/One Stop Sustainability)

Weaving, Vegetables Farming, Forest Conservation & Setting up Rural Internet Centres (All in One/One Stop Sustainability)

Papua New Guinea
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Women in PNG have been weaving and selling a biodegradable bag as an alternative to commercially made bags. The bag is called a Bilum and is only hand woven in PNG. Incorporating weaving with sustainable farming practices and setting up digital centres to provide rural dwellers access to Internet and useful data for self development is what I want to do for womenfolks in my local community

About You
Kerrows Sustainable Practices
Section 1: About You
First Name


Last Name



, CH

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Organization Name

Kerrows Sustainable Practices

Organization Phone

+675 72882031

Organization Address

P.O. Box 653, Kundiawa, Chimbu Province

Organization Country

, CH

How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, CH

What makes your idea unique?

This idea is unique in that it aims to support women especially in rural areas to be proactive citizens not only in what they are familiar with such as weaving, farming and the local environment in which they dwell in but the global environment and trends. This idea aims to lead women from their known world to the outside world. Women in PNG are generally assigned child bearing and rearing responsibilities. While this trend has changed quite slightly for an urban women it is not so much the case in rural villages where the majority of the women dwell. This project deals with weaving environmentally friendly bags which could become alternatives to non-biodegradable ones such as plastic bags if they secure global markets. The bags locally known as bilums are handwoven by women. Bilum making is native to PNG and the art has been passed on from generations to generations. The same holds for farming as well. Scientific evidences proved some of the earlier agriculturalists are from the highlands of PNG. This project will include sustainable farming methods to the already known practices. Both bilum weaving and farming are the sole activities of economic benefits to women in my locality. Encouraging women to practise forest conservation alongside sustainable farming methods and setting up rural digital centres are the next two initiatives that shall lead them to become active global citizens. Undertaking forest conservation will be their contribution as responsible global citizens to reducing the effects of climate change. Access to digital information will not only help bridge the digital divide but contribute to economic and social developments. Access to Internet will educate women, give ideas that will help them bring food to their table, help them part take in business enterprises and many more. Access to data and information is access to wealth. It is empowering the women at a higher level because it is accessing vital information that will change lives.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The impact of the project will be women being procative in social development at local community/rural area where they live in and simultaneously part take as responsible global citizens.
This project will result in women making ends meet to sustain their livelihoods. From weaving and farming they would be seen as bread winners for their families - generating economic rewards for themselves and their families. Bilum is now gaining popularity in Oceania region. Fresh vegetables are intended to be sold nationwide. Forest conservation is performing responsibilities as global citizens and access to Internet is a highway to expanding their own initiatives. Improving women’s access to technology has the potential to spur their economic advancement and stimulate broader economic growth. Setting up rural Internet centres in our rural villages is a technological innovation that can improve economic opportunities for the women.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

The project aims to help low- and middle-income women in PNG, particularly in rural Chimbu, to advance economically.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

The steps taken are;

1. To let women come out of their shells - be active partakers and utilise their potential.

2. Already, women have taken the right steps by mobilising themselves. From the weaving and farming activities they are selling their produce at the local markets. It however, is taking a little longer to sell all they produce. They women are looking at selling their produces nationally and regionally. I have arranged for a small commercial land to be the point of contact for their venture.

3. Land has been identified at three strategic locations in the district so that as many women as possible can be involved. Accessibility to electricity, road and availability of warehouses for produce storage is not a problem. A site for the first rural Internet centre has been identified and is within reach. The only burden is the women are financially handicap.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

The expected results over the next three years would be;

1. From weaving the women would be able to market their products via internet to the globe. Already bilum is a marketable product locally.

2. From farming the women can be able to provide the nation with freash vegetables.

3. Forest conservation would simultaneously be undertaken at three strategic locations where farming is identified.

4. With setting up of Rural Internet services, we would be making a major contribution to help foster access to technolgies that will help improve and strengthen the economic livehoods of women in our locality.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

Approximately 150 words left (1200 characters).

What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

We still face cultural and practical obstacles. Obviously, establishing partnerships with local and regional organizations would be the way forward for us.

We need partners to assist us to overcome barriers and become full participants in local economies. We need training and leaderships skills amongs others to actively participate, and a way to spread that information to other women locally.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Currently, we are making small progress financially from individual contributions. Mostly it is the family member's and friends who are assisting.

Around 40 per cent of the country's population live in poverty, that is, on less than US$1 a day (http://www.ausaid.gov.au/country/papua.cfm, visited 8.03pm, 2/4/10).

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

This initiative was a direct result of my New Zealand exposure, education level attained thus and life experiences. From March 2005 to July 2006 I was engaged as a seasonal fruit picker in Hamilton, NZ. I worked in strawberry, asparagus and onion farms. I returned in July of 2006 and the following year I enrolled in the Diploma in Commerce (Accounting) programme at a local university. Since completing a diploma in December 2008, I have been involved with various small scale business ventures in my rural village of Kerowagi, Simbu Province, PNG. Being involved with local people especially women in bilum making, livestock raising and volunteering motivated me to submit this idea. I am indeed motivated to be a difference maker in the business, family and personal lives of countless other people to make a positive difference to my country.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

The social innovator is none other than myself.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Friend or family member

If through another source, please provide the information

A friend forwarded an email from Changemakers to me.

Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

Approximately 250 words left (2000 characters).

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology introduction.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

Intially with Internet usage we will conduct training on how use computers. With partnerships, we would invited experts on various fields to present seminars. It will be ongoing and will be scheduled all year all round. Education and training will go alongside the planned weaving, vegetables farming and forest conservation activitities. As stated in the ICRW document "A mother’s social and economic status is considered one of the best indicators of whether her children will complete their education and enjoy healthy, poverty-free adulthoods."

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception., The project developed a focus on women over time., The project was adapted to focus on women as a response to this challenge..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women., It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?


Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women.