In one afternoon, Rini, who lives in an oil palm plantation in Pelalawan Regency, Riau, sitting casually with her neighbors on the terrace of the house. The atmosphere became silent when the women-related conversation topics ended and all the sound of the breeze was heard.
Rini recalled that she got the idea to start weaving plates business from oil palm sticks. Rini explained that the initial idea was to build a woven plate business from oil palm frond waste.
Rini is the daughter of Rasim (58), an oil palm partner smallholder of Asian Agri. Rasim always encourages his children to become entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and increase income for residents in his village.
The first time he came to Bumi Lancang Kuning was because he joined the transmigration program in 1992. At that time, Sunarto departed from Central Java and got 2 hectares of land that could be planted with oil palm and 0.5 hectares of yards in Riau.
Rini said that women there also have a lot of needs but cannot go far from home. The idea for entrepreneurship emerged after Rini remembered her friend from a nearby village who made plates from oil palm sticks.