Alola Fair

PROVIDES MARKET FOR WOMEN’ PRODUCT AND DEVELOP THE POTENTIAL RESOURCES OF LOCAL PRODUCTS

The local product based on its importance is to give guarantee for women’ status, dignity around community and society, because weavers play significant part in our nation’s cultures. Fundasaun Alola facilitate women’ group to find a market site for their product business, because market is significantly a barrier for women from rural area.

“Principal objective” is on how to create product that superior and important for our nation development and also to develop the potential resources of product that available in order to assist our nation development and also to improve community quality of life in the future”, said Kirsty Sword Gusmão.

“Principal objective” is on how to create product that superior and important for our nation development and also to develop the potential resources of product that available in order to assist our nation development and also to improve community quality of life in the future”, said Kirsty Sword Gusmão.

To give guarantee for women’ economic status, Alola Foundation provides market place to destination products that produce by women, link producer group to the market through Alola Easter, Christmas Fair every year in Dili and as well as involve them in the government fair and link them to Alola Esperanca production center and shop. The Alola Fair participate by women from different districts to sell their local products based on their cultural area products (which means that the Tais are created based on their district style). Through these fair, the women expected to increase cash income to respond family demanded includes food, health, education fees, and cloths.

“I am very happy with this activity which was organized by Alola because this fair really promotes local products, the groups were coming from all the districts to sell their products which were produced by themselves and the income from these products will be used to celebrate the Easter and Christmas together with their families,” said Ms. Florentina, one visitor of this fair.

According to Jose Ximenes, the manager for economic Empowerment (EcoEMP) programs, the Christmas and New Year’s fair started in 2007 and since then it has been celebrated every year. But before the fair started, those groups that were interested to sell their products must participate first in the training on how to communicate with the consumers, how to calculate the prices of their own products, how to make a better quality product and how to do accounting on income and expenses, and etc..

The EcoEMP program works with vulnerable women to identify and develop economic opportunities through the establishment of groups and cooperatives.  Alola supports these groups through skills development, micro-credit schemes, and provides practical support to sustain livelihoods.