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Madalina, A Young Farmer from West Timor

As a young women, Madelina never thought of becoming a farmer. In April 2015, she heard of a programme that trains young people to become farmers. Madelina joined the programme, and now earns a steady income and has high hopes of using her income to become a teacher.

youth; economic empowerment
Madalina is harvesting her chillies in her group's garden

Madalina (22) is a member of the Wae Kabuka farming group in West Timor, Indonesia. Madalina grows chilli in her garden and sells each harvest for 200,000 rupiah. She uses the money from the sale of chillies to send her sister to school and help cover her parents’ daily needs.

This year I will register for early childhood teacher training

As a young women, she had never thought of becoming a farmer. In April 2015, she heard of a programme, conducted by Plan International, that would help train young people to become farmers. She joined the program, thinking it would be better than to become unemployed.

Madalina enjoys martial arts and wants to become a preschool teacher.  "This year I will register for early childhood teacher training. I will keep on farming as we only attend school three times a week," she says.

Learn more about Plan International's work in Indonesia.