Crafting Independence


Crafting Independence is a holistic project designed to empowering of women from poor and marginalised sections of the society (e.g. single mothers) by enhancing their skills in traditional Indonesian handicrafts, culinary crafts and providing business development services.Through a participatory approach, the project aims to develop their craft skills, boost their self-confidence, and provide them with avenues to sell their products globally using the internet.

The key components of the project include:
Skill Development: Provide training in traditional Indonesian handicrafts such as batik, weaving, pottery, basketry, and beadwork and multiple culinary crafts popular in Indonesia (e.g. Indonesian, Chines, Japanese, Indian, Arab) enhancing their proficiency and creativity.
Personality Development: Conduct workshops and training sessions to improve self-esteem, communication skills, and entrepreneurship mindset.
Business Development and Market Access: Facilitate the marketing of their products globally through online platforms and establish partnerships with retail sales outlets.
Sustainability: Encourage environmental consciousness by promoting eco-friendly crafting techniques and materials.

Project Framework:

a. Identification and Training:
● Needs Assessment: Conduct surveys and workshops to identify the craft preferences and skills of women in different regions of Indonesia.
● Skill Enhancement: Organise skill development workshops and training sessions in collaboration with local artisans and experts in each craft.
● Personality Development: Offer personality development workshops, including confidence-building, communication, and entrepreneurship training.

b. Production and Quality Control:
● Craft Centers: Establish craft centres equipped with necessary tools and materials in key locations, ensuring accessibility for participants.
● Quality Control: Implement strict quality control measures to maintain high standards for the crafted products, ensuring market competitiveness.

c. Online Platform and Marketing:
● E-commerce Website: Develop a user-friendly e-commerce platform showcasing the crafted products, allowing online sales and international shipping.
● Social Media Marketing: Leverage social media platforms to create awareness, showcase products, and engage with potential customers.
● Partnerships: Forge partnerships with international retailers and organisations to feature products in global marketplaces and exhibitions.

d. Continuous Support and Sustainability:
● Mentorship: Provide ongoing mentorship and support to participants, helping them refine their skills and business acumen.
● Eco-Friendly Practices: Promote the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials, encouraging environmentally conscious crafting techniques.
● Community Engagement: Organise community events, workshops, and exhibitions to promote the products and raise awareness about the project's impact.

Expected Outcomes:

● Economic Empowerment: Increased income generation for single mothers, leading to improved living standards and financial independence.
● Skill Enhancement: Enhanced craft skills leading to the preservation of traditional Indonesian handicrafts and cultural heritage.
● Self-Esteem: Improved self-confidence and self-esteem among participants, fostering a sense of pride and achievement.
● Market Penetration: Expansion of the market reach of Indonesian handicrafts, leading to international recognition and demand.
● Environmental Impact: Promotion of eco-friendly practices, contributing to environmental sustainability and community awareness.

Project Progress

The project team for this initiative has been constituted. It is being led by Ms Mariam Jamal.

A project of this nature demands a good understanding of the rural and informal business environment in Indonesia. A partnership-focused strategy with extensive field visits is identified as a basic requirement before any specific intervention is planned. Field visits to a few partners, e.g. Dompet Dhuafa Republika and Yayasan Rawdatul Makfufin have materialized so far, that have yielded good insights to the team. Several more such visits are being planned before a clear strategy is formulated.


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YSAI Indonesia

Dr. Irfan Syauqi Beik

Member of Board of Commissioner Badan Wakaf Indonesia

Nana Mintarti

Commissioner, National Zakat Foundation (BAZNAS) Indonesia

Dr. Ahmad Juwaini

Director, National Sharia Economy & Finance Committee (KNEKS), Indonesia

Agus Wicaksono

CEO & Co-Founder of Alumnia

Dr. Moutaz Abojeib

Islamic Fintech Expert, ISRA, INCEIF

Dr. Kinan Salim

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Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi

HBK University, Qatar

Dr. Ahmad Younes

Founder, Polykick

Dr. Hisham Dafterdar

Awakaf Australia

Mufti Faraz Adam

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Azim Kidwai

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Vladimir Malenko

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PayZakat, Russian Federation

Zeinoul Abedien

CEO, Awqaf SA, South Africa

Dr. Abd Halim M Noor

Rector, UiTM Melaka Campus, Malaysia

Dr. Aliyu Dahiru Mohammed

Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Khalifa Muhamad Ali

Faculty of Islamic Economics
IPB University, Indonesia