Ingan Malem Pandia is a farmer in North Sumatra’s Karo Regency in Indonesia, a region notable for its high-quality Arabica coffee. Walking home every day from the farm, Ingan passed plastic bottles, bags and food packages littering the road.
“We have to do something about this before we are swamped with garbage and diseases,” she said.
When Lutheran World Relief (LWR) invited Ingan and other women in her community to join the Kopi Nande project, she enthusiastically jumped at the chance to tackle the trash problem around her. In just a year, the garbage bank Ingan started with her neighbors grew to have 185 customers and has sold over 20 tons of garbage for a total of USD 1,500.