Enhancing capacity and business ability is a necessity today. The managers and staffs of the renewable energy cooperatives (RE) in Sumba are also aware of the need to increase their capacity of their business knowledge. They are very enthusiastic in attending the Technical Guidance event organized by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises in cooperation with Hivos, May 17-19, 2017, in Tambolaka, Southwest Sumba District, NTT.

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By joining the Technical Guidance event, they expect to enhance their ability to develop business strategy and business development, improve the quality of business commodity in line with market segmentation, and product certification in accordance to market demand (eg. halal certification, organic certification, and ISO).

As many as 49 participants from East Sumba, Central Sumba, West Sumba and Southwest Sumba are demonstrating their enthusiasm during the event. Many of the participants who are running day to day operation of their respective Renewable Energy cooperatives, have other productive economic activities too in their villages.

Representing the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, Victoria, said that Sumba has great potentials such as cashews and candlenuts, but unfortunately the processing is still manual. Hence, utilization of new technologies for processing these potentials clearly requires the availability of energy support. Consequently, developing Renewable Energy solution to supply electricity for productive enterprises is a must.

In line with the positive mood, the Regent of Southwest Sumba, Markus Dairo Talu, is also boosting all participants spirit to keep moving forward with their own efforts and utilize the provision of knowledge gained during the event.

There are four resource persons who are sharing the strategy and experience. The first presentation provided by Laily Syukriah Himayati from Hivos, who explains clearly the Sumba Iconic Island (SII) programme and the Technical Guidance main mission. Other resource person, Umbu Hinggu Panjanji, presented his experience in running a cooperative that is a managing micro-hydro power plant in Kamanggih Village, East Sumba Regency.

Participants are becoming more enthusiastic while listening to the next resource persons, Yermias R.A Manu and Nadra Iryani. Both speakers encouraged them to conduct business analysis and motivate them to draw up follow-up plan after they return home to their respective regencies.