Jayapura (ANTARA) - The Social Affairs Ministry has distributed assistance to empower the people of the villages of Skouw Sae, Skouw Yambe, and Skouw Mabo in Muara Tami, Jayapura, Papua.

"The assistance is provided because we want the people of these villages to cease living in poverty and be better in the future. That is the main goal," said Minister Tri Rismaharini here on Wednesday.

The assistance consisted of one thousand pigs, 800 hens, one thousand outfits, and solar-powered street lights.

According to Rismaharini, the solar-powered street lights would help to support economic progress in the villages, as they would address the situation where no trade or transactions occurred from 6 p.m. local time until the morning.

"Therefore, the solar-powered street lights were installed, so that in the future, after 5 p.m., the business players can trade, so the economic activities can be further boosted in the villages," the minister pointed out.

Rismaharini said her administration would collaborate with some universities, such as the IPB University, to involve students in the ministry's programs so they can be well hosted.

The minister also revealed that they would assist the villages by providing tools to produce cooking oil for 10 stores in each village. A total of 30 stores will receive that assistance.

The First Deputy Chairman of Synod Members at the Papuan Evangelical Church, Hiskia Rollo, said that his administration saw a great opportunity to improve the economy and livelihoods of people after receiving the aid from the minister.

"Therefore, to follow up with the assistance given by the Social Affairs Ministry, we will form a monitoring team so that the progress after the aid is given does not just end," he remarked.

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