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Thresher Sharks conservation supported by MSME’s Covid19 Recovery Program in Alor island

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MSME’s covid recovery program part 1: Thresher Sharks conservation in fishermen village in Lewalu, Alor island

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BUMDES Lewalu village members that once known as Thresher Sharks hunter village, after signed MoU with MALA Ecotours to expand their tuna products business.

It’s time for the Thresher Sharks conservation!

MALA Tours got a chance from @instellarid to be chosen as one of 3 Social Enterprises in Indonesia that were granted a grant from Facebook Ireland & Give2Asia to help small & medium enterprises that suffer from Covid19 pandemic. We use the grant to help 3 SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) in Alor island, East Nusa Tenggara province – Indonesia.

One of them is SME from Lewalu village named Badan Usaha Milik Desa (Village-owned Enterprise) to expand and enhance their tuna products business so they will permanently stop to become sharks fishermen. These villagers used to be known as the experts of sharks hunters especially the endangered species of Threshers Sharks.
So, we signed the MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the village authorities & women groups in Lewalu village to started the 3 months long program. Hopefully we can bring positive changes to the lives of the Lewalu villagers by providing capital, machines and marketing help in promoting their products.

Granola lewalu | MALA Tours
Tuna products and corn-granola product from Lewalu village, Alor island – NTT as new ways to earn money for ex-sharks fishermen families
Lewalu weavers | MALA Tours
Thresher sharks pattern from Lewalu -being woven into ikat scarfs

To read more of our conservation programs in Alor, please read our blog posts here