Monitoring the Socioeconomic Impact of the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis in Indonesia - Impact on Community Livelihoods in the Pottery Handicrafts Industry in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB)

Rizki Fillaili, Rachma Indah Nurbani
Labor & Migration, Social Protection
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Fact Sheet, October, 2009, Final


Having not yet recovered from the impact of the two Bali bombings, the export demand for pottery from one village in Kabupaten Lombok Barat that is a production center for pottery has experienced a sharp fall since the onset of the 2008/09 global financial crisis. In the absence of other skills, women making the pottery have been forced to cease working or return to making cheaper pottery for household needs. Male workers who usually assist in the production process have been forced to work as roving traders of pottery or other odds and ends, migrate to other areas or overseas, or become illegal gold miners. Young people have lost work opportunities in the village and children have lost the opportunity to obtain extra pocket money.

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