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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 kitchen gardens, livestock, health and nutrition, and clean water to increase the resilience of community for the prevention of stunting and the risk of maternal death.

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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.


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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 ...