“There is nothing instant or easy in an empowerment effort, all need a process and extra patience.”
At least that was what Suherman felt since he became an Inspiring Volunteer (Empowered Village Facilitator) in his homeland, Sahkuda Bayu Village, Kec. Gunung Malela, Kab. Simalungun, North Sumatra. Even though he is in the birthplace, all adjustments need to be done to reap optimal results.
Sahkuda Bayu village itself is located between the Pematang Siantar crossing towards the direction of Lake Toba. No wonder if the asphalt road that crosses it is good and always crowded by passing vehicles. In addition, there is the Sah Bolon River which divides the village, where some residents of Sahkuda Bayu depend their lives to become fish farmers.
“The people here are too in love with fish, so they refused to come when the offer to plant rice, even though some time ago this village had triumphed with papaya gardens before being exposed to virus pests,” Herman said.
Herman is currently assisting several empowerment efforts for the residents of Sahkuda Bayu Village, one of which is the mocaf flour business (modified cassava lour), which is flour made from cassava. This mocaf flour business is a pre-existing business, so Herman just went on, tidying up his management and providing additional capital from the assistance of Rumah Zakat. Although it turns out that tidying up existing management is not as easy as one might imagine. Still need adjustments and strategies new so that the business grows and produces more.
“This mocaf flour production has already been running before, but it’s still stagnant. The management and financial records are not yet neat, and it has become a very good homework for me, “Herman said.
However, he was grateful, that what he did at Sahkuda Bayu had quite an impact on the economic stretch of his citizens. Many residents then plant cassava because it will definitely be bought at a reasonable price as an ingredient for making mocaf flour. In fact, there are some residents who are permanent suppliers of cassava, so that when the cassava raw materials are in trouble, the production of mocaf flour can continue.
For the manufacture of mocaf flour, 100 kg of raw cassava a day is needed which then produces 20 kg of mocaf flour. If there are no weather constraints, the production can be finished in a day but if the rainy season, then cassava which has become cassava and ready to be dried in the sun is immediately diverted to the oven to be dried.
Embed interest in reading from an early age “If there is a problem, there are certainly financial constraints. But a definite obstacle is like the rainy season. The cassava that we have made cassava is hard to dry, often wet again due to rain, “said Supiyati, one of the members of the farmer group making mocaf flour.
In addition to the obstacles that remain in the form of weather that disrupts the production process, this mocaf flour business also experienced marketing problems. Initially this mocaf flour was only sold around Sahkuda Bayu, but after being assisted, Herman immediately tidied up the packaging, monitored the production process strictly and clearly expanded marketing by including it to various UKM exhibitions and bazaars in the provincial capital. It is planned that the mocaf flour will also be sold online so that the marketing area will be wider.