PYCH Boosts Papuan Youth’s Business Progress
In a bid to improve Papuan youth’s business and facilitate their activities, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Tuesday (03/21) officially inaugurated the Papua Youth Creative Hub (PYCH) in Jayapura city, Papua province.
According to Fransisca, the owner and administrator of Generasi Akhir Zaman activity center located in Merauke regency, Papua, the total membership of the center has been growing rapidly because of the PYCH’s assistance.
“The center has been running for 11 years and the total number of members was 155 children. However, the figure is increasing significantly to 325 children due to the assistance,” Fransisca said during a video conference with the President.
On that occasion, Fransisca also revealed that the activity center that aims to empower street children and school dropouts has made significant changes. Now, the center has a boutique, community learning center (PKBM), music school, and manages a micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME).
“The members made crocodile knitting stitch patterns, Asmat wood carvings, seafood dishes, and sago-based pastries. We have exported some of the products to the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia,” she said.
Echoing the same sentiment, Maria, the owner of a closed-coop chicken farm in Jayapura city said that the number of hens on her farm was initially 1,000 and it increased to 4,000 after receiving assistance from the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) through the PYCH.
“I have been independently running the business since 2020 with only 1,000 hens. But with the assistance, I currently have 4,000 hens,” Maria conveyed to the President via video conference.
“Hopefully, it will reach 100,000 hens,” the President said.
“Amen, Sir. I hope ministries/institutions can also support my business so I can manage 10 thousand or hundreds of thousands of hens in Papua,” she said. (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/AIT) (RIF/MMB)