Cooperatives

Bou Sama Sama

Bou Sama Sama
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Ita Yusuf (second from left) specializes in indigo dye-work for Bou Sama Sama cooperative in Onelako, Flores. Instead of making her own indigo paste, she buys it from a nearby village and uses her time to do more dyeing. Other members specialize in tying or weaving. Using natural dyes instead of synthetic ones raises Bou Sama Sama weavers’ earnings by over 370% per hour, and lifts them out of poverty.