Tanoto Foundation’s empowerment programs focus on enabling families to have sustainable livelihoods to break out of poverty. The programs aim to help families to access productive assets, start-up capital, technical skills required in improving their livelihoods and links to markets. As we promote creating shared values, where solutions to community needs are aligned with solutions for business needs, we work with corporate partners to promote sustainable business practices linked with communities.


According to the National Statistics Bureau, 13% of the population in Indonesia in 2010, or 31 million people, lived below the poverty line.

As in many countries, poverty in Indonesia is more severe in rural than in urban areas. In 2010, 20 million people in rural areas were below the national poverty line, compared to 11 million in urban areas.

In the three provinces of Sumatera where Tanoto Foundation operates the poverty rates are quite high.

In 2010, there were around 689,000 poor people (11.29%) in rural areas of North Sumatera, 291,000 people (10.15%) in Riau and 130,000 people (6.67%) in Jambi.

Lack of access to employment or sustainable livelihood and sub-standard yields of productive activities are common characteristics of poverty in rural areas.

To address the issue of access to employment or sustainable livelihood, we develop a program that creates jobs by linking local small and medium-sized companies and entrepreneurs with the value chain of our corporate partners.

To address the issue of sub-standard yield of productive activities, we support efforts to improve yield by facilitating formation of partnership between local small holders and our corporate partners.

Tanoto Foundation’s empowerment programs are aligned with Sustainable Development Goals related to elimination of poverty, promotion of sustainable agriculture, and job creation.

Two key empowerment programs are:

  1. Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Development.
  2. Oil palm plantation Smallholders Development.