From Mangrove Waste to Creative Goods, Inspiration from Mama-Mama in Merauke

Kristina Hobby Sige (41), a middle-aged woman was nursing her youngest child Ronald Sige in a very small kitchen house. While breastfeeding, the mother of seven children is still busy working. His hand pulled nylon thread and then knitted it carefully. In a corner stacked the materials he used to work.
At first glance there is nothing interesting from the equipment it uses, other than nylon or fishing strings. Several pieces of plastic used energy drink that is no longer used he was set up. "What I wear only at the bottom of it," said Sige.
It turned out that in the hands of skilled Sige, the material if assembled can be a plate. There are four colors commonly used are green, white, red and yellow. Nylon or strings, one by one pulled lengthwise. One by one the former drinks are overlapped. Then glued with nylon until finished.
The result, various beverage marks are assembled into plates, cabinets, baskets, bags, wall hangings, hats and so forth. "If prestige is not income," he explained explaining his reason for working.
Papuan women from Aboge Village, Mappi District admitted that they receive orders from various regencies in Papua such as Mappi, Merauke, Boven Digoel, Timika and Asmat. "God created the brain, hands, feet, eyes to do for others." Sige tried to philosophize.
He feels proud that his handicrafts are acceptable to consumers. The demand flowed from everywhere, until he formed the Mamma-Mama Papua Cipta Karsa Craft Group in 2013.

 Kristina Sige, salah seorang penggerak mama-mama di Merauke untuk memanfaatkan limbah plastik. Foto: Agapitus Batbual 

Contoh sampah platik yang diubah oleh Kristina dan kelompoknya. Foto: Agapitus Batbual 

The meaning of cipta karsa comes from gathering, issuing ideas and creating. Initially only six people but then growing again became many to twelve people.
At the time of many wicker orders, these mama-mama can do wicker even outdoors. There is a small field in their village, where they sit there. "We knit the craft there," explained Sige.
Sige had a dream, so that one day his group compiled a product schedule, managing expenses and revenues, including a neat group cash flow record.
When asked where the idea of ​​managing plastic waste emerged. According to him, the idea came when encountering a lot of plastic waste used bottles of energy drinks stuck in mangrove trees when the tide rises. Incidentally Sige house is not too far from the coast. Generally the garbage, such as the energy drink bottles, get stuck in mangrove rooting when the tide rises.
According to him there is no benchmark price for its products. The stretched price varies from five thousand to five hundred thousand rupiah. Depending on the length of manufacture and the difficulty of modifying a product.
In addition to cleaning the environment, then this business was also helped to empower housewives who have not had a job.
Although it seems simple, what is done by these mama-mama was praised by Merauke Regent Frederikus Gebze seriously. According to him, what is done by these mama-mama has helped the empowerment of local Papuans.
As long as it is clear Gebze, the orientation of Merauke people is generally still oriented as an employee, with the capital of a school diploma. For Gebze, if they are creative and coupled with a skill, they will be able to create their own jobs.
"It turned out to be recycling garbage, bring in income. They opened another job for others, "said the Regent.


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