COVID-19 pandemic emphasises and demonstrates the importance of access to essential services. As an archipelagic country, Indonesia faces particular challenges when it comes to provide secure and equal access for all. This is even more apparent in remote and small islands. The area of Banggai Laut districts in Central Sulawesi is 80% water, making boats as the main transportation means for its population. However, the number of mechanics or repair shops specializing on marine engines is almost non-existent. Fishermen and villagers repair and maintain their small boats without proper knowledge, resulting in sub-optimal machines and shortened machines’ lifetime. To ensure transportation means during emergency, such as accessing the hospital for COVID-19 patients, and to support the livelihoods of coastal populations, the project and Yayasan Puter Indonesia conduct small marine engines maintenance and repair training. The training will collaborate with marine engine makers to produce skilled mechanics specialising on small marine engines, as well as new businesses of machine repair and spare parts shops.
|Partner||:||Yayasan Puter Indonesia|
|Locations||:||Banggai Laut, Central Sulawesi|
|Cat. of beneficiaries||:||Women, youth, rural residents, people with disabilities|
|Keywords||:||Coastal, empowerment, marine engine technical skills, entrepreneurship|