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Planting Forests, Growing Hope in Indonesia

In 2004, the community of Mandalawangi, West Java, suffered a deadly landslide that killed more than 75 people. Rescue teams worked for days to dig survivors out of the mud. The community worked for months to rebuild their villages. But as the first year passed, and then the next one, they struggled to regain their economic footing. Eko Purnomowidi, a rescue worker, joined with others in the community—among them a musician, a taxi driver, a fisherman, and a tailor—to form Klasik Beans coffee cooperative. After undertaking Rainforest Alliance training in 2013 - 2014, the cooperative earned Rainforest Alliance certification in 2019. Here, Purnomowidi talks about his community's long journey of recovery—and its joyful mission of reforestation.

Ramon nut, a sustainable superfood - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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