She’s a creative and design enthusiast with extensive working experience in fashion and florist industry. Urged and inspired by our rapidly declining environment and culture, together with other Dayak young leaders, she started journey in sustainable industry with Handep, a social enterprise startup based in Central Kalimantan that works with rural women and small-scale farmers to provide more sustainable economic opportunities through added value creation of local forest and agricultural products.
Handep aims to create a more locally-sensitive and sustainable economic development for rural community in Indonesia, particularly Kalimantan. In other words, economic development that factors in local wisdom, cultures and traditions, potentials of natural and human resources, and ecological aspects.
Since 2019, at Handep, she has been focusing on creating eco-fashion products to promote sustainable fashion. With the women in rural villages of Central Kalimantan, Handep produces eco-friendly products such as bags, hats and baskets, handcrafted based on traditional indigenous Dayaks weaving patterns passed down from generation to generation. Handep adjusts these products to modern lifestyles to make them functional and marketable to allow for regular flow of incomes for the community.
Handep operates using fair trade principles and equal partnership with the women and farmers. In short, Handep embodies the core goals of sustainable development; creating economic development that fosters positive impacts on the people and the environment. It specifically aligns with some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including goal 1 (no poverty), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 12 (sustainable consumption and production) and 13 (climate action).