Local Resource & Handicraft-Skills Development
Bali produced 427.3 tons of palm leaves (Borassus flabellifer) during 2008, which was a crop of 1,569 hectares of productive gardens. Bali now has an area of 2,043 hectares of palmyra palm trees, but 437 hectares of them are immature young plants and 7 hectares of old plants. This high economic value plant is only found in the critical area of Karangasem Regency covering an area of 1,861 hectares and in Buleleng Regency 182 hectares. For Karangasem Regency, east Bali, the majority of trees are in Kubu District (1,665 hectares), Abang District (175 ha), and Karangasem District (21 ha).
Although the village has huge natural resources, the people are still lacking in managerial skills. Besides, many local villagers go to cities – leaving their beloved village and looking for jobs there.
Now, Cilota Bali comes with an idea to create a souvenir micro enterprise based on village’s natural resource with those hectares of palmyra palm trees along the villages in Karangasem, Bali. “Mai Balik Kampung” as a local language of our “Let’s back to the village” motto hopes to bring a new-mindset that we, especially for young generations, can build our own village be a better one by using our own resource. On the clock wise, we are developing and empowering our local community’s soft skills especially on handicrafts with palmyra palm leave’s usage become high-class souvenirs through monthly in-depth workshop and training.