This is the dream of Pasali that is now becoming a reality. The Barongis cooperative farmers proudly pose after a test-marketing last month as they have consolidated more than 7 tons of their produce. The coop has 50 members and all of them no longer rely on traders for the financing of their farm. One of the privileges in their coop is that all members can loan with no interest. Coop president Akmad says, “we are doing this because we know the situation of every farmer here”. In the future, they plan to buy other non members produce at a fair price.
It inspires us to see groups like this who are rising up to uphold their welfare. Pasali’s Farm Support Scheme facilitated the formation of this cooperative while the FARM project gives linkage to a better market with better price.