Meet A Young Woman Engineer in an Indonesia Geothermal Power Project | Asian Development Bank

Meet A Young Woman Engineer in an Indonesia Geothermal Power Project

Video | 8 March 2018

Meet Dwi Rahayu, a local woman of South Solok, West Sumatra. She shares her experiences and dreams as a young environmental engineer working in a male-dominated geothermal development project site.

ADB supports the Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project in West Sumatra with assistance from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). In partnership with PT Supreme Energy the project is creating local job opportunities, especially for women. Dwi's inspiring story demonstrates how investing in clean energy is also an avenue to improve women's lives.

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West Sumatra, Indonesia —  Job opportunities are scarce in South Solok due to limited business investments and underdeveloped infrastructure. But the area has great economic potential. 

Ayu Dwi Rahayu's story for Power and Empower: Improving Women’s Lives by Investing in Clean Energy. 

"I got curious to work in this company. I searched in the internet and they have a vacancy for an environmental engineer. Then I applied and voila, here I am now!" 

"I was born in this area in Muara Laboh. My name is Dwi Rahayu. I’m a site environmental engineer. My routine activity is daily monitoring in the construction area. I also check this nursery area and I also monitor invasive clearing. And once a month I look at the camera trap in the site boundary."

"At first it feels awkward because  I’m a female and most people here are male. But I’m the person who can adapt easily. It’s exciting…so don’t be afraid to be the only female in a male-dominated engineering sector."

ADB supports the Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project in South Solok, West Sumatra with assistance from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). In partnership with PT Supreme Energy the project is creating local job opportunities, especially for women.

"I got interested with this company because it is located in South Solok, which is my hometown. I want to give my contribution not only for the government that already gave me scholarship but also for the society and environment around this area."

30% of staff positions in the Muara Laboh Geothermal Power Project are reserved for women. The project is actively working on improving women's economic resilience. 

By providing women access to resources, technology, and skills development, progress is attainable both in strengthening climate change resilience for all and  improving the lives of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.