Cooperatives Empowering Women Weavers

Tenunkoe trains women weavers in Indonesia to become entrepreneurs, helping them establish cooperatives, and providing a marketing platform for scaling their products.

Tenunkoe provides skills training for marginalized women weavers and helps them establish cooperatives. Through the organization, weavers and seamstresses receive skills training, business management, improved market access, and product development.

Via Tenunkoe, cooperatives gain access to partnerships with designers, helping them develop products like bags, pouches, and mobile phone covers, from their woven materials. One way it helps facilitate collaboration is through events, such as TenunJam (or WeavingJam), a co-creating design-a-thon bringing together weavers and designers to help craft makers find new market opportunities. Participants develop new ideas, create prototypes, present their projects, and receive feedback. These are further marketed via an e-commerce system and crowdsourcing platform. Since launching in 2015, the movement has helped 90 weavers and 40 tailors. They are now partnering with the local government in order to expand to at least three other districts in Indonesia.

Relevance of solution

In many developing countries, the backbone of the economy is micro enterprises in the informal sector.1 These businesses often have difficulties growing because of problems accessing the formal sector.2 By providing skills training, Tenunkoe enables women to overcome this barrier, creating economic growth and promoting gender equality.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

By providing skills and technique training, Tenunkoe’s programs ensure that products are of a high quality and last longer, which reduces resource waste.

Social

Tenunkoe supports marginalized women by providing them with tools to access the market, and, in turn, improve their livelihoods.

Economic

Participating women earn up to 40% more than before starting the program, according to Tenunkoe.


Sources

  1. International Trade Center. ”Empowering Poor Communities to Trade.” (2015)
  2. UNCTAD. ”Growing Micro and Small Enterprises in LDCs.” (Undated)