GUNUNGKIDUL. (07/05) Girisuko is one of the Rumah Zakat Empowered village that located in Panggang District, Gunungkidul Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY). Like most places in Gunung Kidul that have beautiful scenery and many tourist destinations, Girisuko Village also has a landscape that is very exotic and amazing, from this potential, local people make it a tourist destination since 2 years ago called Watu Payung.

In Watu Payung, the natural scenery of Sewu hills with Oya River crossing between Regency of Gunung Kidul and Bantul will be seen. Watu Payung also offers spectacular views of sunset and sunrise.

“This area has a good view potential, it has been more than 2 years and has become the local villagers destinations, but not yet managed properly, there is no support facilities, Selfie spot and other facilities,” said Branch Manager ofRumah Zakat Yogyakarta, Warnitis.

In 2017 with Forest Farmer Group (KTH) accompanied by Rumah Zakat empowered village facilitator, in cooperation with Community of Post Graduate Institute of Art Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta develop Watu Payung become a destination that not only can be visited by local of Girisuko, but also other tourists from outside Girisuko.

Rumah Zakat also helped in building Mushola in Watu Payung, and provides business capital for the members of farmer groups to develop their business in supporting tourism area.

“We collaborate with the ISI Yogyakarta Post-Graduate Community, and then share the role to build this tourist destination, the ISI Graduate Community builds the spots of Selfie, Rumah Zakat give a coaching and provides business capital for the members of the Forest Farmer Group and builds the mosque here” said Empowered Village Facilitator, Iwan Saputra.

To further introduce the tour in Watu Payung on (03/05) in conducting Cultural Performance by inviting the public, at the event held gejok lesung and photo taking activities in the spots that have been established, public was enthusiastic with this activity.

Collaboration and facilitation conducted by Rumah Zakat Facilitator succeeded in making its citizens empowered in managing the tourist area so as to provide sustainable economic benefits for the people in the area.

“So this is one of our efforts in the development of socio enterprise in the field of village tourism development, so that citizens can be more empowered,” Warnitis add.

Lailatul Istikhomah

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