ANGIN, together with UNDP Indonesia and the Government of Canada, just finished a 2-day workshop in Lampung (19/02 – 20/02) aimed at empowering social enterprises in the agricultural value chain. The event was also supported by Connector.ID, which provided full-day individual consulting session for those seeking external funding.
Opening remarks were given by Deputy Director of UNDP Indonesia, Francine Pickup, continued by Roadshow program introduction by Natalia Rialucky (Head of Impact Investing at ANGIN) and Valencia Dea (Principal of ANGIN), as well as Connector.ID introduction by Meredith Peng (Director of Connector.ID).
The main event began with an inspirational talk by Sabrina Mustopo, co-founder of Krakakoa, who shared the story of her chocolate company which aims to empower farmers by implementing a bean-to-bar concept, which helps farmers to capture higher value add and ultimately, larger amount of income.
During her session, Sabrina mentioned three key messages:
- Network is crucial. Sabrina started with no access to farmers and limited knowledge on agriculture. All were overcame as she enlarged her network and actively asked questions to people
- Fundraise more. Sabrina recommended to fundraise more than initial estimation as it will allow entrepreneurs to focus more on growing the business than tightening the budget due to capital limitation
- Set a strong “Why”. Based on her experience, Sabrina reminded that social entrepreneurs’ journey will be filled with a lot of challenges that can break their spirit down, especially when no solid motivation is in place
After Sabrina’s talk show, the event was followed with three-series of workshops. ANGIN team led two workshops, Investment Readiness and Sustainability and Scalability; while UNDP Indonesia Technical Advisor of SDGs, Ansye Sopacua, filled in a workshop on Impact Measurement.
On the second day, ANGIN team and Connector.ID provided a series of one-on-one meetings with participants, with an aim to mainly support them on fundraising.
We were very happy to see more than 50 engaging entrepreneurs who do not come only from Lampung but also from other cities in Sumatera, Jakarta, Bogor, and Bandung. We would love to thank all the participants for their activeness and eagerness to learn. Wishing you all the best!