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Australian Marine Business Vision to help Indonesian Poverty

Poverty in Indonesia

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Poverty in Indonesia is a widespread issue though in recent years the official numbers show an inclining trend and probably one of the poorest in the world. Due to the dense rural nature of parts of the Java, Bali, Lombok, and parts of Sumatra, poverty can be classified into rural and urban poverty. Urban poverty is prevalent in not only in Jabodetabek, but also in Medan and Surabaya.

As a sprawling archipelago, poverty characteristics and implications vary widely from island to island and culture to culture. Papua has serious poverty issues of its own due to economic, cultural, linguistic and physical isolation which set it apart from the rest of Indonesia.


In February 1999, as much as 47.97 million people were classified as poor, representing 47.43% of the nation's population, which is almost half.[1] However, this figure must take into account the slide of the rupiah in the Asian financial crisis. By July 2005, that number had been reduced to 35.10 million, representing 41.97% of the total population.[1] Latest available figures, March 2007,[needs update] show that 37.17 million people are under the poverty line representing 20.58% of the entire population.[1]

Based on a report from the Asian Development Bank, Indonesia’s national population in 2015 was at 255.46 million, 47.2% of whom lived below the national poverty line.[2]

Indonesia’s national poverty line set a consumption of Rp 302,735 ($25) monthly per person - about 82 cents daily. [3] There was also a disparity as early as 2014, where 23.8% of the rural population was classified as poor while the urban population consisted of 16.2%. This stems from the low-productivity jobs available in the country in agriculture and low-end service sectors.

Marine Industrial Developments Australia founder Captain Raymond La Fontaine first became aware of the depth of poverty in Indonesia during his numerous sailing expeditions to the Remote but beautiful islands of Indonesia. There he saw the depth of poverty that has plagued these people yet with no apparent awareness of the communities’ problems by the central government of Indonesia. Many Indonesians have no idea the hardship over 35% of the population endure. Poverty in Indonesia is set at a level that those earning less than $25 per month are classed as poor.

Not only is that the problem but also these areas do not have the basics of Electricity and Water and Medical assistance and education is a extreme luxury.

Small to medium islands (not like Bali) suffer water born disease because water that occurs during the wet seasons, stagnate, this causes terrible disease such as Malaria. Many Indonesian's suddenly drop dead in their forties, children die without diagnoses due to lack of medical care.

Raymond has seen this first hand during his sailing expeditions over the past decade or so.

To see a mother holding her dead babies body and crying " apa" meaning why, he still has entrenched memories in his brain to do something to help.

Many of the regions Sailors dream to visit are often remote yet amazingly beautiful, ironically, they are some of the poorest regions in Indonesia, so he thought, why not build Marina infrastructure that accommodates Yacht Owners and use the infrastructure to also create jobs, sustainable water resources and electricity. Marine Destinations spark jobs, confidence, introduce new technologies and help foreigners help Indonesians that are much less fortunate than many other countries in the world. The is the prime reason why Raymond has endured the past 7 years to became the first foreign company in Indonesian History to operate his first Marine on the island of Gili Gede Lombok, we plan to expand a network of Marinas using our first as a learning curve, we need more Investment and people willing to help our Humanitarian Endeavors CEO/Founder Raymond La Fontaine said.

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