Sustainable Community Development

October 16 , 2015


As a strong advocate of social development, YTL Jawa Timur (YTLJT) has continually invested time and resources in endeavours that seek to improve the quality of life of communities in which they operate. Most recently, YTLJT collaborated with the Cooperative Bhinor Jaya Abadi (CBJA) which was founded in 2005 to provide sustainable employment solutions for the surrounding rural communities, such as assisting small handicraft, furniture and batik business operators in the form of loans and coaching, and by training and hiring local residents to provide gardening and cleaning services at the power plant. As a result, CBJA was able to establish a subsidiary called PT Bhinor Jaya Abadi which is now a self-sustaining business that continues to provide these services within the construction industry, thereby generating income for the members of the cooperative and playing an important role in the economic development of the local community.

In addition, a teakwood craftsman development programme was initiated by another cooperative, Cooperative Selobanteng Jati Makmur (CSJM) to develop a furniture business in Selobanteng village, Situbondo Regency, which is a well-known source for high quality teakwood. With support from YTLJT, this programme seeks to give leftover teakwood which was previously sold as low value firewood a second life by allowing furniture craftsmen from Selobanteng Village to turn them into furniture which is then sold for income. In a similar vein, the Company also developed a new local business unit named Women’s Cooperative “Bhinor Lestari” (WCBL) in the village, which trains women to make cakes and thus provide catering services, as well as to produce Madura batik cloths. YTLJT leverages on their presence and network within the Paiton district to promote the products and works of WCBL, which currently consistently receives orders from companies in the Paiton area.

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