In Indonesia, poor communities and neighborhoods have limited access to basic infrastructure, including sanitation. There are million people especially in rural still practice open defecation because they have no access to basic sanitation facilities. It also happens in some area of Pekerti’s artisans. People defecate in the backyards or river and they think that nature will take its course. There’s a widespread lack of awareness about the importance of sanitation.
As the first Fair Trade member in Indonesia, the ethos of Pekerti in its daily practices refers to the 10 Fair Trade principles. The value of Fair Trade is implemented in a variety of activities, one of which is related to sustainability and environmental concerns. One of Pekerti’s activities related to the environment is providing clean toilet facilities in artisans’ neighborhoods.
To combat the problem of sanitation, Pekerti sought financial support from CSR fund of Jasa Raharja PT, the government insurance company.