Alue Naga


Alue NagaIMG_20160826_164739 village is a poor coastal village located in the border city of Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar. After tsunami there is not a lot of village resources that can be utilized by the citizens apart from maritime. If men go out to sea to catch fish for a few days, the women will be looking for oysters around the village to supplement the family income. Current condition of oyster habitat has begun critical, continuous exploitation and habitat conditions change, causing the stock of oysters in nature become few and hard to find. It is very worrying villagers because it can not ensure the continuity of this work. Mrs. Nurlaila (78 years old) sometimes have to look for oysters to port Lampulo a distance of 7 km from the village. She spend almost half the day to collect oysters. There is no other skills that she has, because looking oysters has been done down through the generations since the first village residents. In contrast to Mrs. Lina (45 years) because it still has a few small children, looking for oysters do not do every day. On any given day where the children do the afternoon activities at school / place of worship, then he fell into the river to join the search for the oysters.With such a limited time, not much can be produced from this activity. With a population of women oyster farmers almost 90% of the rural women, this effort over time will be more difficult and complicated. Assistance and training skills into the expectations of many women oyster farmers to get out of this very difficult situation.

Socialization and introduction in this FGD is followed by: four members from Natural Aceh , three village representatives and 52 women candidates for the programme. Starting with the introduction of team members and institutions, the participants are showed good enthusiasm. After that we asked information about the village, People’s hope, the potential in the village, the programme that exist today. The participants answered with passion but with a sad expression.

A difficult life they’re feel is still ignored by the government. Just some privat agencies often carry out the program here, including several universities. NA then convey the purpose of arrival and presented the program to be performed. The participants were very excited to hear socialization, but they ask the NA to inform slowly and in two different languages (Aceh and Indonesia).

They are recognize that their ability to absorb very low, there are still women who does not write so assisted by other friends. Almost all the women in the village work as a search of oysters. Searching for oysters is a strenuous work which every day, they bodies are feel sick and get fever at night, furthermore, the income is very low. At this time, the distance looking for oyster  about 5 km. In one day, these women could spend 5-7 hours to find oysters with the results ranging from 1-2 kg. They’re usually get income ranged from 200,000-500,000/month, it is not enough to help the family economy, because their husband who works as a fisherman also only produce 1 million to 2 million/month.

Most participants do not know how to process the oysters into derivative products more economically. They  sell the products in the market or home. Some of them are taught cultivate oysters into crackers, nuggets and meatballs. But they have difficulties in marketing and management. Not all women are get involved in this processing programme, because this program is a pilot project with college. From selling oysters all participants cannot keep money in the bank as savings. When the money they were get still lacking, some rely on loans from family, neighbors, their bosses, and pawnshop.

In DRR, from some of questions, it is known that they have low knowledge about disaster. DRR Socialization into the village usually only attended by men. In other hand, if they watch and hear on television, they never practice it. If disaster occurs, they just escaped and bring family members to high ground without being able to save or bring important things that are needed.

They are very happy to be assisted and supervised in oyster cultivation, processing oyster until to control the financial management in community savings. They promised to be serious and take care of what is given in the program. To maintain the consistency of the program and the information is good and clear  to the participants, we may take the initiative to open an office / secretariat program in their village.