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Livelihoods and Microfinance in West Timor (Indonesia)

West Timor is the poorest province in Indonesia, and people’s ability to better their lives is limited by their ability to earn an income.

We support micro-finance, training and education for women and men across West Timor and Bali to gain livelihoods and participate more fully in community life. We support loans for people with disabilities and educational loans for poor people, with affordable low interest rates. We also support vocational training for women and people with disabilities, in areas such as jewellery making, health and nutrition, handicrafts and learning English.

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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

Our Impact (FY 20-21)

27,162 people impacted by:

• Microfinance and livelihoods training to help people earn a living and escape poverty

• Community awareness initiatives to prevent human trafficking in the region

• COVID-19 emergency relief and prevention activities.


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COVID-19 Pandemic response

Our partners in West Timor GMIT and their development team TLM have suspended all project activities for now as a result of COVID-19 and are working to contact community leaders in the villages they work in to ensure people have access to health and information alerts about the virus and preventing outbreaks.

There are a number of cases already reported in the province and the church synod is actively encouraging people to stay at home, enjoy church online as they can and practice spatial distancing. Many daily wage earners will be affected by job losses in what is already one of Indonesia’s poorest provinces. Your ongoing support remains critical during this crisis.


Indonesia, Province of East Nusa Tenggara (West Timor)


Christian Evangelical Church of Timor (GMIT) through Tanaoba Laes Manekat (TLM)


Poverty Alleviation

News from the field

  • Growing sustainable livelihoods in West TimorGrowing sustainable livelihoods in West Timor
    Waluwanja gets up for work every day at 5am. After a drink of hot coffee, he’s straight into his back garden, clearing out weeds, watering each plant and making sure no pests are getting in. He grows all sorts of vegetables, but lately he’s been testing out mustard greens, carrots and rice paddies, which he will sell wholesale to street vendors in his community. When a crop becomes ready for harvest, he cleans, prepares and delivers the produce direct to ...
  • Becoming the good news in West TimorBecoming the good news in West Timor
    Even before she was conceived, Mery Kolimon had a calling. Her parents, Timorese nationals from one of Indonesia’s most beautiful archipelagos, dedicated their first child to God’s work even before Mery’s mother fell pregnant. It was a promise with a profound impact. Rev Dr Mery Kolimon is now the first woman to become Moderator of our partner church in West Timor, the Christian Evangelical Church in Timor (GMIT). Under her leadership, GMIT is deeply committed to helping transform every aspect of the ...