FROM A WILL TO FIGHT INEQUALITY IN THE SEVENTIES...
It all started with 22 students of Bandung Institute of Technology. In December 1979, frustrated by the government's development policy in rural areas, they established the Mandiri Foundation, an NGO that had one goal: fighting inequality by giving knowledge and technology to villagers in rural areas. IBEKA, a Mandiri Foundation spin off, was founded in late 1992 by Iskandar Budisaroso Kuntoadji, one of the 22 original students. IBEKA stands for Institut Bisnis dan Ekonomi Kerakyatan, which translates to People Centered Business and Economic Institute.
TO A SOCIAL BUSINESS ENTITY EMPOWERING LOCAL VILLAGERS TODAY
Today, IBEKA is a social business entity with a strong engineering focus. By using a mixture of adapted technology and social awareness to empower rural villagers and marginal groups in urban areas, we strive not only to increase welfare, but to drive communities to self-reliance and economic freedom.
DIVERSIFYING THE ECONOMY
Our goal is to promote smaller local social enterprises to create economic diversity. We implement renewable energy programs such as village coops, farming expansion, household enterprises, as well as small manufacturer and local workshop development. At IBEKA, we believe that the more diverse an economy is, the more sustainable it is. Economic diversity accelerates poverty eradication and enables better understanding of social justice and environmental resilience.
IBEKA is devoted to improving the social and economic condition of rural communities by reconnecting local resources to the local community using appropriate technology. That is the base of a more equitable economic system in the future.