Pak Karim from Penjalaan Village has been a member of the Chainsaw Buyback program at Health In Harmony's Indonesian affiliate, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) since July 3, 2018. On that day, he chose to become a fisherman and leave logging behind. Over the past four years, Pak Karim has been successful in running his sustainable fishing business. When he first started, he had just one boat - now he has two large boats and one small boat.
Pak Karim is a role model in his village, showing his community that he can not only live, but thrive, without cutting down trees. He has since joined the Forest Guardians, working to educate his neighbors about ASRI's programs, with a particular focus on Chainsaw Buyback. Pak Karim has already succeeded in persuading three active loggers to sell their chainsaws to ASRI, and they have each begun pursuing their own alternative livelihoods.
"The money from fishing is not as much as when I cut down trees, but I am grateful because now I can be close to my family, my religion, and my social life. I can support my family gradually and can give them their daily foods every day. I am 100% very grateful and have no regrets joining this program." -- Pak Karim
It is thanks to supporters like you that Health In Harmony and ASRI can continue to invest in community-designed solutions that holistically address the climate crisis. Thank you!
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