Andi Taufan travelled from Indonesia to attend Mosaic’s 2013 International Leadership Programme, a year-long programme to develop leadership skills, inspire thinking about global issues, and equip young people to become involved in their local communities.
The programme helped him develop leadership skills and he now has ambitions to significantly grow the social organisation he set up back in Indonesia.
After graduating with a Bachelor Degree from The Institute of Technology of Bandung, School of Business and Management, Taufan worked as a consultant for IBM Global Business Services. He became involved in the micro-financing industry in 2008, starting by providing small loans for several local businesses around Bandung and Bogor in Indonesia.
“Mosaic’s programme was a great learning experience. Meeting forward-thinking young leaders and having an interactive discussion in the leadership workshop made me believe – if we are doing a noble job – we must never lose hope.”
In 2009, Taufan took a leap of faith and left IBM to set up Amartha Microfinance, a social organisation which offers microfinance loans to women and their families. Its mission is to empower low-income families in rural areas with affordable financial services, enabling them to develop their business ideas.
Taufan found out about the Mosaic ILP through his colleague Hardi Pramudia who participated in the 2011 ILP in Doha. Following his participation in the 2013 ILP, Taufan now feels he can grow the number of families he’s reaching out to from 6,000 to 15,000 .
Victoria Edwards, Mosaic’s International Manager notes: “The ILP brings together young leaders who come to the programme with huge amounts of potential. Taufan demonstrates the strength of the programme in enabling participants to maximize their skills for the benefit of their communities.”
Taufan, talking about his expansion adds: “Women suffer the most of every hardship in poverty. At Amartha, we believe that every empowerment effort dedicated specifically to women will directly contribute to the welfare enhancement of the entire family. This is reflected through better education for children, health care and sanitary infrastructure.”
“We reach Indonesia’s unserved population who represent the poorest socio-economic group in the most rural areas of Indonesia. We help to give them very basic financial literacy, as more than 80% of our clients do not have an educational background further than primary school.”
Through Amartha’s intervention, more than 5,000 poor families’ lives have been improved in terms of living standards, an average 30% increase in income and savings.
Taufan adds: “We disbursed average loans of Rp. 1 million (US$ 100) up to Rp. 8.5 billion (US$ 850.000) and serve more than 50 villages.”
Taufan is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a network led by exceptional young people, who share a drive to make a real and sustainable contribution to their communities.