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15 September 2019


''No wealth is decreased because of charity'' – Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

In 2016 the people of Aceh had to endure a massive earthquake while they were still rebuilding their lives after the devastating tsunami of 2004. RLAF responded to call for help and worked with Mercy Relief to aid the survivors. Three years on, we visited the communities who were affected then to see how they are moving on with life.

On our visit recently, namely to Desa Lancang Paru, Pidie Jaya, Banda Aceh, we found the women empowerment programme - "Resilient Aceh" developed by our local partner Pusat Kajian dan Perlindungan Anak (PKPA) has taken off really well. The programme taught the women literacy, financial management and how to manage their savings. It also provided loans at a minimal rate of 1% compared to bank rate of 6 to 9%. This programme is developed to help increase overall resilience of the community in Lancang Paru through improvement of economic security and equipping them with disaster preparedness strategies. The ladies joined the credit scheme called Credit Union Mudah Rezeki (MUKI) Desa Lancang Paru, Piddie Jaya.

We also had a look into how salt farming has transformed lives and improved livelihood of the villagers. There are 107 salt farmer households out of 400 households at Lancang Paru Village and all of them joined the credit union even though the initial target was only 85. The women who were housewives have now contributed to the wellbeing the families through salt farming made possible by our contribution in rebuilding the infrastructure of the salt farm.

This is how the salt farming is carried out: The sea water travels through small irrigation canals to the farm. The farmer then plough the dried soil and after two days, puts it into a filtration device called a “jantan”. Sea water is then poured over the soil in the jantan. The water which has gone through the filtration will then be boiled for up to eight hours to obtain the salt.