South Sumatra's Geothermal Power Project Supports Rural Women's Livelihood | Asian Development Bank

South Sumatra's Geothermal Power Project Supports Rural Women's Livelihood

Video | 15 October 2018

Rantau Dedap geothermal power project in South Sumatra, Indonesia is expected to generate more than 90 MW of electricity, which will power up to 130,000 homes and avoid over 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year by 2021.

The power project also supports livelihood improvement of local communities in the project area, especially for women. Tunggul Bute's Family Welfare Organization is one of the recipients of these efforts. Women are provided with training and access to technology expanding their coffee production and increasing their incomes.     

One of ADB's priorities in promoting gender equality is ensuring that women are given opportunities through its climate change financing investments. Recently, ADB, with additional financing from Climate Investment Funds, committed approximately $175.3 million with private sector partner PT Supreme Energy Rantau Dedap to help finance the second phase of the company's geothermal power project.

Rantau Dedap geothermal power project is part of ADB's continued efforts to scale up private sector-led infrastructure development and support clean energy investments in the Asia and Pacific region.

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South Sumatra, Indonesia –  Power and Empower: Improving Women’s Lives by Investing in Clean Energy

The 90MW Rantau Dedap geothermal power plant being built with PT Supreme Energy also supports livelihood improvement around the project area, especially for women.

Located in the highlands of Lahat, South Sumatra, Tunggul Bute is home to nearly 500 families. About 90% of its villagers are coffee farmers. But while soil is ideal for coffee farming, processing of coffee and trade have always been a challenge.

"Before we were introduced with the coffee processing machines, we did it the traditional way. We used roasting pan heated by firewood. The coffee beans were manually pounded, so it took so much of our time and effort. Our organization is formed to help women in our village to become more productive and ensure their welfare. When the geothermal project under PT Supreme Energy came here, it supported our organization. It also provided us with machines that we use for roasting and grinding our coffee beans," shares Hernita Jutawan, Head of Tunggul Bute's Family Welfare Organization.

Access to resources, technology and skills development is helping the women of Tunggul Bute to expand their coffee production and increase their income. 

Ensuring that women benefit from climate change financing investments is one of ADB's priorities to promote gender equality and empower women.

Jutawan encourages other rural women to be more active and work hard for their families and village. "I hope that women will be more active and do their best for the benefit of their families and village."