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Youth group an inspiration to others after cultivating local farmland

“My name is Saturnino de Araujo and I am 23 years old. I was born here in Clacuc and live here with my wife. After I completed high school I returned to my village but was not able to find work. In…  


"The Knua Centre is the right place to create more young entrepreneurs like myself in Timor-Leste"

Silvia is a 26-year-old junior professional business trainer at the Knua Juventude Fila-Liman Centre. Silvia became a trainer in September 2017, shortly after the launch of the Knua Centre in August…  


Empowering Suai-Loro women horticulture group to protect and restore the mangroves ecosystem

Vulnerable coastal community members in Suai Loro, Covalima are dependent on mangroves for their livelihoods and recently took the initiative to organize themselves into mangrove conservation groups.…  


Rural community works together to fatten and sell cows at Dili market

Over the years the community of Aubeon has survived thanks to the blessing of their fertile land and eagerness to work to make a good living. Aubeon people live together in harmony and traditionally…  


Water point installation improves coastal community's business and income

The Chief of Ercina fish grilling group, Silvano Paulino, is happy to express his gratitude to UNDP for installing a water point along the coastal road. “It is a marvellous stepping stone for me…  


"Through Knua I developed a business canvas for implementation"

'Ever since I was a little kid, I had to walk 7km to get rice and sugar. People in my community would spend 3-4 hours walking to the markets just to get a kg of rice or sugar,’ said Jomat, 24, an…  


Thousands of mangrove and tree seedlings planted in coastal areas

UNDP in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through National Directorate for Forestry, Coffee and Industrial Plants has planted thousands of seedlings from different…  


Afforestation and agro-forestry protect community infrastructure and livelihoods from disasters

With UNDP support, 35,000 seedlings have been planted on 21 hectares of community land in Aileu and Ainaro municipalities, benefitting 17,717 people. In addition, 203,800 seeds balls have been…  


Aubeon Cooperative Diakilu improves livelihoods

The Aubeon Cooperative Diakliu has three community groups consisting of 57 members who are responsible for managing the restoration of over 580 ha of mangrove ecosystem in Manatuto municipality.  


Access to clean water transforms lives in Aileu and Manufahi

Access to clean water is a significant problem faced by communities living in rural areas. The Government has made significant efforts towards addressing this issue but it remains a major concern for…  

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