About us


Program Otonomi has its origins in the Water Bearer Program, an initiative of Volunteer Gilles Raymond to bring drinking water to the villages of Flores, where women used to walk over two hours a day through mountain trails in order to fill their plastic jugs.


Local autonomy being a prerequisite for the development of local communities, Program Otonomi has set up a ginger and coffee plantation operated, controlled and managed by the Ngada Peasants Cooperative.


Funded by loans for dignity granted by individual Partners, the ginger and coffee Coop allows its member families to double if not triple their revenues. A waste recycling Cooperative (Bank Sampah) and a botanical garden project in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance and the regional Government of Flores also figure amongst Program Otonomi’s ventures.

Gilles Raymond
The Water Bearer

Let him tell us about his projects!

Click here to hear a radio interview with GILLES RAYMOND on Program Otonomi (French only)

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