Last week, the 2022 G20 Summit took place in Bali, Indonesia, under the ambitious theme of “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”. While the international forum focused on policy coordination in economics and development at the global level, it also offered opportunities for grassroots organizations and communities to amplify their work to a larger audience through the summits' side events.
One such side event was the Future SMEs Village, where Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) collaborated with Pratisara Bumi Foundation (PBF) and Earthly Economic Coalition (Koalisi Ekonomi Membumi) to showcase two of the community-led enterprises—Balini Organic and Samaren—participating in WEA and PBF's Rural Climate & Economic Resilience (RuCLER) program.
Throughout the 6-days of the G20 Summit, Balini Organic—a social enterprise led by WEA Leader Auditya "Tya" Sari—and Samaren, which is led by WEA Leader Raihal Fajri, showcased their locally made, sustainable products for attendees to purchase. This provided an opportunity to engage with summit attendees, sharing how these women-led enterprises serve as an example of growing a resilient economy from the ground up.
Tya and Raihal based their enterprises on the economic potential found within their rural villages, and have grown that potential by working with other local and Indigenous communities. For example, within Balini Organic, Tya works closely with the female cacao farmer community in Jembrana, North Bali to produce energy bars from Bali’s authentic cacao. Similarly, through Samaren, Raihal produces an organic arenga palm sugar using a cooperative business model she created that benefits 100 women in Bener Meriah Village in Aceh.
Both Balini Organic and Samaren are able to grow a sustainable supply chain through their participation in the RuCLER program.