This profile was prepared when Jumadi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Jumadi has created a structure, led by representatives of different groups of urban workers, designed to support those who have lost their livelihood and to influence government policies and practices. In Palu, Central Sulawesi, Jumadi has brought pedicab drivers, motorcycle drivers, market-wagon pushers, push-cart vendors, and women factory-workers into "SORAK" - Solidarity of the Common People. SORAK is run by a consortium that comprises one representative from each labor group, and members pay a nominal fee. An example of SORAK's policy-level work is its lobbying, organizing, and demonstrating against the 1997 regional order to ban pedicabs from central Palu. SORAK helps to resolve conflicts between groups of workers - such as the pedicab drivers and motorcycle drivers - who are competing for limited passengers, space, and other resources. Finally, SORAK is helping those workers who are sick or too old to find alternative sources of income, such as providing some capital so that wives can open a small food stall or creating a pedicab repair shop for retired pedicab drivers.