Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a grassroots NGO formally established in 2009 in Bantul, Yogyakarta region, Indonesia. PPMK helps lift poor rural women and their families out of poverty through a micro-credit and short-term loan programmes. In addition, PPMK provides health and scholarship programmes and support activities in sanitation, including building toilets for poor women in their homes. PPMK is founded on the basis of personal relationships and mutual trust and boasts a 99.9% repayment rate.
PPMK estimates that women are the main wage earner or head of household in over 40% of the households in its area of operation. Through their micro-credit programme, poor women can borrow small amounts of money – ranging from $80 – $200 – to start up or expand their own small business or “micro enterprise”. In 2014, PPMK served 210 clients, financed 190 small businesses and made an average of 25 new loans each month. PPMK supports local efforts to raise awareness about violence against women as it sees this as a major barrier preventing women from realising their potential and keeping them in poverty.
From 2015-17, Sisters For Change partnered with PPMK to conduct a field survey on attitudes to violence against women and train PPMK leaders in laws relating to violence against women and how to support women and girls’ victims of violence.