goodmorningpapua.com – From selling 60 bottles of coconut oil, Oktovina Mekel, a woman from Serui Regency, Papua, has improved her economy by sending her children to school.
“I have seven children, four have graduated and are married, the remaining three are still in school,” said Oktovina.
Oktovina said that in 2004 her economy was so hard when she was in Jayapura City, plus her husband was getting sick, so to meet the economic needs of her family, Oktavina started to process the aged coconuts to be used as oil.
“Looking for coconuts, 200 coconuts are being collected. Then, I break them, I gouge the contents and then filled it in the basin and washed it,” she said. After that, the coconut was then brought to the house and grated. Then, they are dried in the hot sun for one day or until completely dry.
The next day, the dried coconut is cooked in the afternoon, after the coconut is exposed to heat, coconut oil rises to the surface, then slowly the oil is taken.
The oil that has been separated is then cooked again in the pan, then left to cool in the pan and then poured into the bucket. “When it’s cold, it’s poured into jerry cans and then stored in bottles, it’s a three-day process. There are 60 medium size bottles collected. The only obstacle is the rain, sometimes it can take five days before it can be sold,” she said.
The coconut oil is then sold at Hamadi Market, with a price tag of Rp. 20,000 per bottle. Quite cheap, not comparable to the manufacturing process. “If the 60 bottles of coconut oil are sold out, I use it as capital to buy things that can be sold, such as areca nut, betel nut, sweet orange, sour orange,” she said.
As a housewife, Oktovina is able to improve family welfare, namely in meeting basic household needs.
Now Oktovina already has the capital for a business and can meet the needs of her children who are still in school. Moreover, her husband was healthy to help her.
“One week in Jayapura, three 35 liter jerry cans are brought once when they run out to Sarmi again. Sometimes it is also entrusted to the bus going to Jayapura. I just take it from Jayapura. One day it sells four bottles, if persons need it, it can sell up to 10 bottles,” she explained.