Goat vs Corona

Posted July 5th, 2020 in Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has given birth to 4.9 million new poor * in Indonesia. The figure was obtained from the increase in the number of poor people issued by BPS compared to 2019. If the government fails to overcome this pandemic quickly, * the Center of Reform & Economics (CORE) * even predicts the number of poor people will only reach 12.2 million people.

The government has allocated funds up to 677.2 trillion to overcome them. 203.9 trillion of them are allocated for social protection for affected communities in the form of social assistance, food assistance, cash assistance, work programs, family hope programs, and village funds.

But I don’t want to discuss government programs. Many have discussed it. I am more interested in highlighting the initiatives of social institutions that can be used as a benchmark for economic empowerment for the poor. Who knows, this program can be duplicated to overcome poverty. I want to peel just one: sacrifice.

Why sacrifice? Because of its large economic potential. This year, it is predicted that there will be 2.3 million victims. Its economic value according to research * Institute for Demographic & Poverty Studies (IDEAS) * reaches 20.5 trillion. So I am interested in peeling it.

I choose just one program. His name is Spreading Animal Sacrifice (THK) managed by Dompet Dhuafa. I chose this program to be dissected because the focus was indeed on the economic empowerment of the poor *, not selling goats. This program has been running for 26 years. This year they are targeting to distribute 30,000 sheep / goats and 1,000 cattle.

By Dompet Dhuafa, sacrifice is used as a means of economic empowerment. The target is the small farmers in the villages. Also poor families are then trained to become fostered farmers. The target is to improve the welfare of farmers.

Then, the business process is compiled. How can this program empower small farmers? What problems have been faced by small farmers in the area? What will Dompet Dhuafa do to overcome this problem?

They do research and find problems faced by small farmers in the area: capital, low knowledge about livestock raising, management, and marketing. The THK program design was then structured to address this problem.

In terms of capital, the 2016 Magsaysay Award recipient institution allocates social funds to provide capital assistance for small farmers in the regions. Dompet Dhuafa comes to the villages to recruit prospective fostered farmers and provide capital assistance. The capital is not money, but a kid.

Then, Dompet Dhuafa sends animal husbandry experts to provide guidance to farmers. Dompet Dhuafa calls it a companion. They are specially recruited, trained, and mentally prepared. Because their job is not only to provide training, but also live-in alias living in the village with the breeders; responsible for fostering farmers in one particular area. These assistants are also tasked with facilitating the growth of breeder business containers and accessing marketing networks. They are the fighters who work in a lonely, dedicating themselves to empowering farmers.

To ensure the quality of livestock to be suitable for sacrifice, Dompet Dhuafa periodically sends a Quality Control team to check it. The QC team came to the villages traveled hundreds of kilometers on hilly roads, through forests, traced rivers, crossed the sea, just to make sure livestock meet quality standards. The journey of these quality controllers is often enshrined in the touching memoirs of travel memoirs.

How about the marketing? This is where Dompet Dhuafa cleverly utilizes the Eid al-Adha holiday to market it. Dompet Dhuafa acts as an off-taker; buy all the sacrificial livestock raised by the fostered farmers and offer it to the well-off people who will sacrifice.

These sacrificial animals are not brought to the sacrificial house, but are cut and distributed to poor areas which are in the same area as the location of the breeder. The distribution of Dompet Dhuafa sacrifices * has reached 4,155 villages, 375 sub-districts, 214 districts and 33 provinces *. This is also a smart way to * cut distribution costs * so that the price of sacrifices offered by Dompet Dhuafa can be more affordable. This year they offer sacrificial goats starting at 1.49 million rupiah.

Dompet Dhuafa prioritizes the distribution of sacrificial meat to poor areas, refugee holding areas due to disasters, nursing homes, orphanages, mosques, and pesantren in remote areas that have difficulty in obtaining sacrificial animals because generally the economy of the community is less able.

Can such programs be used to provide new jobs, including those affected by Corona? Can goats be used against Corona?

If the method is done like Dompet Dhuafa, I am sure the answer can. But it must be serious and requires a long stamina. The economic empowerment program cannot be hit & run. Not enough to provide capital. It’s not enough to just train. * We must provide assistance to farmers; be their mentor, and last but not least transmit optimism and work ethic. END

Inspirasi Melintas Zaman (IMZ Consulting) is a social enterprise organization that helps profit and non-profit organizations in the fields of leadership, human resource development and community empowerment based on spiritual values. If interested in joining the programs, please contact at 021-7418607/08852.1564.6958

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