On a recent visit to our program in Indonesia, Five Talents Program Director Suzanne Schultz met a family that was about to send their son off to college for the first time. The remarkable thing about this encounter was that the parents, Bertua (R) and Albine (M), were among the first clients of Five Talents' partner in the country, GERHATI. (Five Talents helped to found this organization in 2002 in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Singapore and the expatriate Anglican community of All Saints Church in Jakarta.)
On the left, you can barely see son Martin's packed bag strapped to the back of their family motorbike. Martin got a scholarship to Indonesia's Sriwijaya University. Minutes after this shot was taken, Bertua and his son climbed onto the motorcycle and made the trip to his son's new school in South Sumatra.
This family portrait shows just how much empowering a micro-entrepreneur can do. Sparking sustainable growth in a business doesn't just help put food on the table. It also generates income for other expensies, like schooling for children. In the case of the Pasaribu family, they are seeing a son go to college on scholarship -- a truly remarkable feat for any family living in the slums of Jakarta.