Mario working to improve logistics for farmers

Crop distribution in Indonesia

A guava farmer with a Tauke representative

Mario (’18) from Indonesia received a PDF grant to help him grow his logistics enterprise, Tauke Indonesia, which he founded with some friends.

Tauke Indonesia’s goal is to help local farmers sell their crops in various parts of Indonesia. They observed that local farmers found it difficult to sell all their crops in their own region because there is too much supply and not enough demand. Mario noticed that there was a lot of demand for their crops from other regions of Indonesia and local farmers make more profit selling crops in these regions. However, the farmers found the high cost of shipping their crops and other logistical issues challenging, resulting in waste.

Tauke connects with local farmers, helping them ship their crops at a lower price through creating efficient pick-up and drop-off schedules. With optimized scheduling, each farmer only pays a small percentage of the total shipping cost. Building the business is a work in progress.

Truck for transporting crops

Mario shared, “One key aim is to improve the lives of the farmers through increasing the profits they make from their crops. We’ve had some success and made a profit that we have reinvested. More recently, we’ve opened a small stall to sell fruits. We continue to work with our farmers to develop and improve the business. It can be difficult for us to visit the farmers’ in-person to discuss any issues, which is something we are working on.”

Fruit stand

The Tauke fruit stall

Fruit stall

We wish Mario and Tauke Logistics success.

July 2023

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