Working Towards Independence

Ineke* and Ada* are two young women running their own businesses in Timor-Leste.

With training from PRADET (Psychosocial Recovery and Development in East Timor), Ineke and Ada have gained financial independence and stability for their whole families. 

From coffee to kiosk

Ineke used to pick coffee to earn a living. She picked two bags of coffee per day, earning just $5. This was seasonal work, so she only earned money for five months of the year. She had to make do with very little during the off season.

The team at PRADET helped Ineke open a kiosk from her home, where she sells rice, sugar, tea, soap, and other essentials. Ineke now earns $25-30 per day, and saves another $5 every day. In just three months, she has earned enough to build a new house, buy crockery and glasses, and support five people in her family.

Ineke also participated in book-keeping training. Although her father helps her with procuring stock, Ineke handles the money and keeps the books. In the future, she would like to finish her education and improve her kiosk.

Her own success

After attending training in small business management, Ada also established a kiosk in her village, and is earning up to $30 per day. Aside from selling everyday goods, she also bakes and sells her own delicious cakes.

Both women feel much more confident about themselves and their futures. They are happy with their financial stability, and enjoy the independence that operating a business and earning a good income has brought to their lives.

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*Names have been changed to protect women’s identities.


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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).


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