Your major gift or small contribution can benefit a community.

Inform a Community Send four editions of our newsletter with research, business guidance, and more.US$ 3.50

Field Visit Train a weaver in basic finance or forest conservation in her home community.US$ 10

Weeklong Field Workshop Give one woman in-depth, practical knowledge of microfinance or cooperative business building.US$ 100

Weeklong Bali Workshop Train a weaver in marketing and dye science at our training facilities in Bali.US$ 385

Include a Community in the next Nusantara Weavers' Festival, and jumpstart new rural businesses.US$ 1,500

Safeguard Traditional Culture by supporting a year of educational outreach at the Sikka cultural center in Watublapi.US$ 5,000

Save 1000 Hectares of the largest remaining forest in southeastern Indonesia through sustainable community management systems.US$ 30,000

The Yayasan Pecinta Budaya Bebali (YPBB) is an Indonesian non-profit organization that helps hundreds of weavers who live in remote, under-developed villages turn textiles, crafts, and other expressions of their local cultures into badly needed income in a way that is environmentally sustainable, promotes cultural integrity, and empowers women. Our partners have provided us with a "mandate" of issues that they want addressed, in three general areas: incubating community businesses, managing forests and natural resources, and nurturing traditional culture.

Incubating Community Businesses for the Rural Poor
Promoting investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship in a real market environment can empower women, get and keep children in school, and improve health by raising incomes and creating skilled jobs. Because these jobs often depend on aspects of culture that are unique and inseparable from their rural location, much of this growth stays in small villages. And because these businesses serve real markets, they sustain themselves without further aid or patronage.

Initiating Community Forest Stewardship and Forest Product Management
Sustainable businesses require sustainable resources. With botanical research and field workshops, YPBB helps communities fully understand the resources they use and develop management plans that preserve their forests and raise their incomes. The growing YPBB herbarium collection forms a buffer against the loss of botanical knowledge in our partner communities. YPBB also facilitates dialogue with local governments in order to formalize community use of non-timber forest products.

Nurturing Aspects of Traditional Culture that Strengthen Contemporary Society
All traditional cultures have aspects that create meaning and opportunity; some have aspects that are at odds with modern society. YPBB works in some communities that are undemocratic, or male-dominated, or discriminate by wealth or caste. It is not for us to dictate cultural change. But we work to help traditional people strengthen the aspects of their culture that they feel are in accord with a prosperous, just, and free society.

Theodora Niga Ldun
Ina Tula Tani Cooperative
Tapobali, Lembata
"Without the foundation, everything would still be like it was when the staff first came. We feel happy that people like YPBB listen to us. We are little people in our area, used to being on the outside."

Talu Lius
Jasa Mandiri Menenun Cooperative
Sintang, Kalimantan
"YPBB doesn't only care about preserving nature, but also joins in protecting the culture and traditions of the place."

I Wayan Karya
Karya Sari Warna Alam Cooperative
Seraya, Bali
"Before, I sold synthetic-dyed cloth with a standard sale price, but now my sales fetch a price five times higher."

Imaculata Bataona
Cinta Budaya Cooperative
Lamalera, Lembata
"The market is now clear, and it really helps with household economic needs, especially education. [Before YPBB,] we could only wait for the fish from the catch; but now with weaving, education is very smooth."

© YPBB, 2010