Solemen, in partnership with Bimbika, has been working on a model for supporting families experiencing poverty in a way that lifts
them out of the charity cycle. The partnership brings together the social outcomes expertise of Solemen and the environmental outcomes expertise of Bimbika.
Through the implementation of sustainable fruit and vegetable gardens, the Food Dignity with Sustainable Gardens Project will make families economically resilient and boost health outcomes as a consequence.
The Food Dignity Project is targeting 1,000 village homes all around Bali during 2020.
A growing body of research suggests food gardening may offer a partial solution towards tackling social problems, including chronic disease, food insecurity, socioeconomic inequity, and shrinking social ties. The Food Dignity Project will serve to produce nutritionally meaningful quantities of quality food, improve health, and provide important cultural ecosystem services such as recreation, cultural enrichment, and community building. It is anticipated that the gardening activities will also yield individual and social healing and transformation, such as bringing acceptance and understanding of difference or disability to community members.
At an individual level, the Food Dignity Project will train adults and teenagers of varying ability in implementing and maintaining both aquaponic and traditional gardens. Through optimising efficiency, excess produce can be traded, creating economic outcomes for participants. These skills are the foundations of employment and entrepreneurship. And will increase self-esteem and encourage independence.
Each Food Dignity garden will produce enough food for the daily consumption of a family of four.
• Recommended daily intake of vegetables
• Recommended daily intake of fruit
• One catfish
• One egg
The optimum size of a blended aquaponic and traditional garden that produces sustainable, healthy, organic, and fresh daily fruit and vegetables is ten square metres. The average family campus would have this space readily available.
Solemen assesses families for suitability prior to their participating in Food Dignity Projects. Criteria include household income, access to fresh food, and nutritional status of family members. Many participants will already be under the care of Solemen, receiving food parcels, nutritional supplements and other support. The Project is designed to transition these families from dependence to independence.
Solemen aims to implement 1,000 projects per year.
Aquaponics is a highly productive farming solution combining the core principles of aquaculture and hydroponics by raising fish on land and growing plants without soil, respectively, within a closed-loop ecosystem. Fish create waste, and the waste yields fresh nutrition for organic plants, removing the need for pesticides or fertiliser.
Three aquaponic units, or Sakanber, require only one square metre to yield enough vegetables and fruit to feed a family of four daily with:
• green & red spinach
• bok choy
• mustard greens
Each aquaponics system includes buckets, water piping and taps, pots, charcoal, and tissue; plus, catfish and fruit and vegetable seeds. Fish food is required for approximately five days whilst
participants generate the organic waste necessary to replace it with live maggots.
On maturity, female catfish produce around 2,000 eggs, ensuring participating families have permanent access to a healthy source of dietary protein.
Harvest of fresh produce can commence in just 21days.
All aquaponics systems will remain on long term loan to participants under a Memorandum of Understanding confirming the units as property of Yayasan Solemen Indonesia.
The Food Dignity Project aquaponics system will feed traditional gardens within family units to include fruits and vegetables not suitable for the aquaponics system, such as papaya, moringa,
sweet potatoes and bananas.
Solemen is partnering with a private organisation that has pledged 30% of its profit from the sale of packaged moringa products to the yayasan.
This partnership has the potential to buy its moringa leaves from families participating in the Food Dignity Project. This, in turn, will generate a much-needed income source for the families
and assist them to financial independence. To further support each family’s journey to independence, Solemen will supply six female
chickens and one rooster. Each chicken will lay on average 20 eggs per month. This is ample to fulfil family consumption and resource an ongoing breeding program for meat.
The growth of food gardening is a welcome trend and one worthy of public support and investment. Sponsorship of the Food Dignity Project will have a positive and long-lasting effect on communities that have poor nutritional health outcomes due to difficulty accessing fresh produce.
Sponsorship will generate an income for each participating family, lifting them out of the poverty cycle and bringing them financial independence. Sponsors will have their logo prominently placed on each aquaponic bucket as well as on a wooden post at each garden.
Your next step is to contact Solemen’s funding strategy consultant, Robert Epstone to discuss the right sponsorship and donation options for you and your organisation. Tracy and her team can look at your social and corporate responsibility plan with you and your team to develop the optimum way to collaborate.
Please contact Robert via email
Office: +62 812 3720 6220
Your contribution will provide care and support for disadvantaged children and adults all over Bali. Even the smallest amount counts
Tax deductible donations are available for Solemen supporters from Australia, the United States and New Zealand when made through the Global Development Group (GDG) website. Options include credit card, PayPal, direct deposit and cheque.