From bricks to chicks
Pak Sulkan is a man with a distinctly changed outlook. His past life was a precarious living under the ground carving and finishing limestone bricks by hand – a hot difficult and often dangerous way to make a living. Thanks to Tuban Comrel team's efforts he was persuaded to give up the old job and try chicken farming. Today he has 5,000 broilers in his care. Once the birds are mature – over a 27-day cycle – he can sell the chickens and reinvest a portion of the proceeds in rearing the next batch. The rest is profit – the income he needs to look after his family. Sulkan’s part of a growing movement from the seafood products produced from the ladies in local fishing communities to cattle and duck rearing, all part of the integrated farming programme providing local communities with sustainable livelihoods.
Good habits are spreading…
Once upon a time it was just Holcim at work in providing corporate social responsibility across the villages that surround Tuban plant. We got to know Community Activities Center or PKM (Pusat Kegiatan Masyarakat) some years ago and through them we have been successfully doing several community programmes: integrated farming with community support, empowering fisherman, sourcing labour to build our perimeter wall and others. Good relationships have a wonderful way of creating even more good – and this is certainly the case with PKM (Pusat Kegiatan Masyarakat). One example is a healthy, life change for Ibu Wastri who is recovering well after suffering for nine years with a tumour in her stomach. Our PKM (Pusat Kegiatan Masyarakat) cooperative community centre colleagues nominated her for Government aid to remove the tumour and provided the transport to and from the hospital and the post surgery care.
and get noticed
University Sebelas Maret, Surakarta holds SME Awards annually and recently Holcim received recognition as Best Private Company with CSR programmes to stimulate local business. On hand to receive the awards was Trayudi Dharma, Tuban Comrel Manager and his team. Well done!