Amount: € 1.250
Nobertus (28) originally from the Yaqhai tribe, spent most of his life in the inland of Papua. To study law, he moved to Merauke, the second largest city on the island. His goal is clear: with knowledge of international law, Norbertus wants to be able to speak out against the injustice done to the Papuans. Together with his friends, he visits an entrepreneurial course from Papua Mandiri 2050 (PMS), a partner organization of Hapin with projects for Asmatters in deprived areas in Merauke.
Norbertus does not immediately feel in place in Merauke. The transition from the kampong to the city is intense and Norbertus is quite introverted by nature. Several teachers and supervisors interpret his silence as disinterest. Until one evening, when Norbertus brings a small piece of carved wood to the entrepreneur course. Everyone is amazed by his craftsmanship. He receives a sketchbook and pencils from his supervisors. From that moment on Norbertus does nothing but design patterns.
Edoardo Mote, alumni of Hapin’s scholarship program and founder of PMS, sees his chance. He asks Hapin for a small starting capital and has Norbertus’ patterns printed on batik fabric. The first square meters of batik are now for sale in various shops in Merauke and Jayapura. In addition, 10 Asmat women who participate in a sewing course (co-financed by Hapin) are brought in to make fabric garments. The profits are used to provide Norbertus and the seamstresses with income, but also to finance development projects of PMS.
The profit of the batik sales will thus benefit the strengthening of the economic position of Asmatters in Merauke. And Norbert? He can get his career off to a flying start.