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The purpose of this project is to improve the lives of people in Bojonegoro with a special focus on women. Kopernik believes that access to life-changing technology is the fastest, most direct way of improving people's lives and ending extreme poverty.
The Cepu Block operations covering the District of Blora in Central Java and the Districts of Bojonegoro and Tuban in East Java, are currently the main priority for ExxonMobil in Indonesia. Of the three districts, Bojonegoro faces the most acute development challenges.
The level of women’s empowerment is low in Bojonegoro, yet women hold the key to sustainable development, because they spend more of their extra income than men on things that benefit families, such as education, nutrition, health care and sanitation. Women’s labor force participation and earnings are associated with reduced poverty and faster growth.
There are a range of life-changing technologies that are available, including:
Kopernik will introduce these technologies to Bojonegoro through women’s groups and organizations, who will then select the technologies that are most appropriate for the communities. Locally appropriate distribution mechanisms and pricing will be determined during the assessment phase.
The target population are women of Bojonegoro living below the poverty line.
This project is fully funded by ExxonMobil.
Bojonegoro is located in East Java by a river named Bengawan Solo (the longest river in Java), which runs from the south of Java island and is used as a border mark between East and Central Java. Most people are farmers or foresters. This place has a great reputation for providing high quality of teak wood. Bojonegoro consists of 27 sub-districts and 430 villages. According to the latest statistic report, the total population is 1,425,074 (Bojonegoro Statistic, 2010); 12% of that population is considered as ‘poor’.
After few surveys, we decided to focus the program in 7 villages; one (out of 24) village in Kalitidu sub-district and 6 others villages (out of 23) in Ngasem sub-district. These seven villages are the closest to the ExxonMobil exploration. Of 19,384 households in Ngasem, 6,576 of are classified as poor.