Looking back…

On Saturday, May 27, 2006, at 5:54 a.m., local time, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java leaving an estimated 6,000 dead, 50,000 injured, and over 200,000 displaced and desperate.

Within weeks Real Medicine took action to rebuild Mlese Village, a grouping of nineteen neighborhoods (RT) located ten kilometers or six miles from the mid-sized city of Klaten, Central Java where 99% of family houses were either severely damaged or destroyed.

Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) issued a $10,800 grant to Yayasan KOMPIP (YK) to expand YK’s TRT or “Community Savings” Project in Mlese Village, Central Java. This project gives affordable loans to help families and individuals as start up money for a businesses, as well as money for school, food, livestock, repairs and countless other necessities, so that people in the community can get back on their feet and begin to move forward.


Though there is still need for support in the area, 2009 has already brought a number of heartwarming success stories of families who have been helped by the community savings project. Their stories will be told here in a series called Community Savings Success Stories.

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