Our story

It’s all started with the activity of 22 students of Bandung Institute of Technology which frustrated with development policy implemented by the Government in rural area in late 70′s. These group become Mandiri Foundation, established in December 1979, an NGO which mainly works to help the villagers to encounter their problem using appropriate technology. The spin off of Mandiri Foundation become IBEKA, an Indonesian abbreviation of Inisiatif Bisnis dan Ekonomi Kerakyatan or in english People Centered Business and Economic Initiative, establish in late 1992 by Iskandar Budisaroso Kuntoadji, one of the Mandiri Foundation founder.

Recently IBEKA is a social business entity with strong engineering background, dealt in various development issues. Using a mixture of appropriate technology and sociology to empower the local villagers and the marginal groups in urban area, not only to increase the welfare but also drive the community to be self reliance and reach the economic freedom stage. Various renewable energy implementation program is used as an entry point to make the local community organized and ready for further empowerment program such as village coop extension, farming extension, house hold enterprise extension, small manufacturer and local workshop extension, etc.

IBEKA goal is to flourish the local social enterprises which will divers the local economy. IBEKA believed the more divers the economy, the more sustainable is. Economic diversity will accelerate the decreasing or even eradicate the poverty and lead the world to achieve balance in social justice and resilience of the environmental carrying capacity.

VISION.

IBEKA dedicates to make a significant contribution to improve the social and economic condition of the community in rural and remote areas by reconnecting the local resource to the local community using appropriate technology. The local community possession to the local resources will be the base of more equitable “future” economic model.

MISSION.

  • Develop relationships / schemes in renewable energy programs which prioritized the benefits and impacts to community self-reliance, local socio-economic improvement and environmental issues.
  • Develop, promote and support wider adoption of renewable energy utilization, especially small scale hydro-power for local equity building.
  • Promote, develop, improve and support rural social entrepreneur to benefit the local community and local economic diversity.

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP on DEVELOPMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGYMICRO HYDRO ENERGY END-USE PRODUCTIVITY FOR RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR ASIAN,

AFRICAN and the PACIFIC COUNTRIES”

Aston Tropicana Hotel, Bandung, West Java

Indonesia

in Cooperation with

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

June 2nd – 8th , 2009

The training were attended from 18 countries, such as:
1. Cambodia, Mr. Chy Chanrasmey, Technical Officer, Hydroelectricity Department Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
2.Fiji, Mr. Chand Denise,Scientific Officer, Ministry of Works, Public Utilities & Energy, Fiji Department of Energy
3.India,Mr. Birendra Singh Negi,Scientist “E”Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
4.Indonesia,Ms. Rosita Watofa,Head of Economic Section, Manokwari Regent Office
5.Indonesia,Mr. Muhamad Irwanto ,Head of Economic Planner

IBEKA’s micro-hydro project in March 2010

IBEKA’s micro-hydro project in the village of Putri Betung, Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia is now up and running and seven rural villages are receiving clean electricity from the system. An agricultural processing facility has been constructed and women are now using stainless steel facilities to process their harvests of patchouli, candlenut, coffee, and other crops. (Profile picture is from this project in Gunung Leuser National Park. In this picture workers build the pipe which guides water from a river above the system to the turbines located below, then the water is released back into the river below the turbines.)

The development of a new micro-hydro project in rural East Kalimantan is now underway and scheduled for completion in June of 2010.

BATU BAJANJANG Micro Hydro Project Overview

Village : Batu Bajanjang, Payung Sekaki
District : Solok
Province : Sumatera Barat
Power Capacity : 35 kW
Channel Length : 450 m
Households : 300
Discharge : 400 l/s
Effective Head : 15 m
Penstock Length : 36 m
Turbine : SKAT Type T12 Crossflow
Client : KUD Sirukam
Commissioned : September, 1997

Civil Specifications

Dam / Weir
type / material : rock piling, cago

Penstock
wired type : rolled welded steel
length, diameter : 36 m, dia. 24″
Intake channel thickness : 4 mm
type / material : stone masonry

Power House
Head Race dimension : 3m x 4m
type / material : stone masonry material : brick masonry 1:2, roof tile
length : 450 m
Tail race
Head Tank type : lined open channel
type / material : plastered stone masonry material : stone masonry