ACTNews, BLORA – The life of the people of Blora can’t be separated from agriculture. Many of its inhabitants are farmers and agriculture is one of the main contributors of Blora’s economy. Unsurprisingly, we can see vast patches of farms in the regions, as well as livestock animals roaming across the farms.
Unfortunately, the rich natural resources in Blora are not utilized optimally, so the benefits haven’t reached wider society in Blora. This region is among those with the lowest economic level in Central Java. According to the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), in 2017, the poverty rate in Blora reached 13 percent, around 113 thousand people, making Blora the 21st of 35 poor regions in Central Java.
To solve this problem, Global Wakaf (GW) initiated Waqf Villages in several villages in Blora. This is an effort to expand the benefits of waqf in Blora to slowly empower the locals and alleviate poverty in the region.
“The concept of Waqf village is shortly defined as a self-sustainable village utilizing the waqf funds to build village infrastructures and empower the villagers’ economy,” said Sri Eddy Kuncoro, Program Director of Waqf Village.
Previously, there are already waqf asset portfolio managed by Global Wakaf as the custodians. Some of these waqf assets include Community-Based Livestock Barn (LTM), Community-Based Food Barn (LPM), agricultural water-wells, residential water-wells, boat waqf, hullers, rice dryer, rice store house, trucks, etc.
The benefits of Waqf Villages have reached the villagers in Gadu Village, Sambongrejo Village, Pojokwaktu Village and Gagakan Village, Sambong Sub-district. There are twenty livestock pens in these villages, holding as many as 3,535 livestock animals inside the LTM. In Gadon Village, Jipang Village, Kapuan Village, Cabean Village and Kentong Village in Cepu Sub-district there is an LTM that manages around 3,000 livestock animals. These two LTMs have supported 705 livestock raisers.
Apart from empowering the locals through the LTM, there is also an LPM in Jipang Village, Cepu Sub-district. The LPM has supported more than 2,000 farmers in managing and marketing their produce.
Thousands of tons of rice produced by the farmers has been bought by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) with the best price to be distributed in areas affected by humanitarian crises such as Somalia, Palestine, Syria and Bangladesh for the Rohingya refugees.
Waqf Village’s programs are not limited only to LTM and LPM, but also the construction of water-well waqf and social waqf to support local villagers. The water-well waqf has benefitted more than 1,800 villagers across Sambong, Cepu and Kedungtuban Sub-District.
The social waqf was given in the form of five boats to fishermen in Jipand and Ketuwan Village, as well as the establishment of a mini distribution center in Pojokwatu Village.
The existence of Waqf Village was much welcomed by the people of Blora.
"We, the livestock raisers in Gadon Village, is extremely grateful to know about LTM. I personally just knew LTM. Alhamdulillah, LTM has facilitated us to take care of our livestock and increase our provision. Thank you very much,” said Anwar, a livestock raiser from Gadon village.
The blessings of the waqf village will not only benefit the people of Blora. In the future, Waqf Village will also benefit other villages to spearhead the fight against poverty.