Muntigunung Community Social Handicraft Enterprise produces a wide range of high quality products, handmade with care by local families in the remote area of Muntigunung, on the intensely arid eastern slopes of Batur, Northeast Bali.
The Muntigunung Community Development Program was initiated in 2006 in an effort to provide a more sustainable and brighter future for the Muntigunung community.
Located in an extremely dry area, Muntigunung’s impoverished inhabitants struggled to grow enough crops to survive and had to walk for several hours to fetch water. Many chose to go begging with their children the tourist areas of South Bali.
By working alongside the community, specially designed roofs were constructed to harvest and store rainwater in tanks to provide a year-round water supply. After securing and maintaining clean water for every household, the aim was to support the community in accessing healthcare and education and creating employment and economic opportunities through social enterprises.
Today these buildings are used not only to harvest rainwater, they also provide a place for the social enterprises in the community to process food, hammocks, bags, baskets and batik products.
Through the three social enterprises – Trekking, Handicrafts and Food – community members are trained in new skills and are able to provide for their families with dignity and pride.