by The 5P Foundation

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On 26 April 2024, Arsjad Rasjid, the founder of 5P Global Movement, paid a visit to one of our villages in Genggelang Village, Gangga District, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

We have been implementing the 5P Village programme since August 2023, which includes the 5P Youth Campus and capacity building initiatives for the Genggelang Village community. For this particular project, we had the opportunity to work alongside ECCO Foundation, a nonprofit organisation based in Mataram City, to implement a range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the capacity of the villages.

During this one-day activity, our founder had the opportunity to explore the village and visit various locations that are at the heart of Genggelang Village’s tourism potential. We wanted to take a closer look at the progress and future plans for the development of Genggelang Village.

We started our journey at the Murmas Tree House, a popular attraction in the village that offers a breathtaking view from above, overlooking the trees and the sea. We were greeted with a delightful choir performance by the ECCO Foundation, accompanied by the soothing melodies of a saxophone. To top it off, we were treated to a refreshing coconut treat, which was a much-needed refreshment after our long journey.

After visiting the first location, we made our way to the village office to observe the electric motorbike and solar panel that we had previously provided. We had a conversation with the village head to learn about the advantages of this electric motorbike for the villagers.

During our visit to the third location, we had the opportunity to explore the village auditorium. It was conveniently located just a short 3-minute ride away from the village office, which we reached using an electric motorbike. During our visit to the village auditorium, we had the pleasure of meeting numerous enthusiastic children who were actively engaged in learning English. The ECCO Foundation runs this English teaching programme on a weekly basis, catering not only to children but also to adults. The aim of instructing English is to enhance the villagers’ soft skills.

Later, we encountered the Women in Sustainable Development (WISDOM) women’s group at the same location. They were engaged in ecco print activities, a fascinating craft that involves using leaves to create unique prints on cloth. Furthermore, the group is also preparing delectable snacks for sale, with the profits being evenly distributed among the members. In this particular situation, the ECCO Foundation is actively involved in offering training programmes that focus on packaging, marketing, and sales of these products.

During our visit, we had the opportunity to explore the Senara Chocolate Garden and witness the fascinating process of chocolate production. We also indulged in a variety of delicious chocolate-based food and beverages. It is worth noting that the cacao plantation is effectively run by the local community, spanning from upstream to downstream. Nevertheless, the chocolate plantation must explore different strategies to enhance their chocolate products in order to achieve the highest quality.

The production of chocolate in Genggelang Village is not as productive as the number of existing chocolate plants, despite having regular consumers in Bali. The ECCO Foundation will play a crucial role in supporting and enhancing productivity by collaborating with external partners who specialise in improving the quality and efficiency of chocolate production, from start to finish.

The event concluded with a delightful lunch shared with the villagers, accompanied by the enchanting melodies of traditional music.