The heat of Aceh Tamiang could not eliminate my excitement when I got a call from Saiful, a rubber farmer who reported that the factory bought their rubber products at a price 60% higher. I remember, it was a small success after various failures, before the wave of change spread to thousands of other farmers. I can’t imagine that happened 10 years ago, when I first worked for Swisscontact. Now I know that there are many more beneficiaries who have become part of my career journey. There are farmers who supply their products to tourism sector, there are tour guides, tour operators, hospitality businesses, tourism community groups, even local governments who smile the same way Saiful did when he experienced the change. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Swisscontact. I know I am not alone. Many people feel the same excitement because of the innovations offered. It is great energy, which brings the opportunity for many people to help themselves. Happy 60th Birthday, Swisscontact! Keep creating opportunities!
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