Pamikatsih

Ashoka Fellow
Solo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2008

Citation

This profile was prepared when Pamikatsih was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Pikat has created the foundation for a nationwide rights movement in Indonesia led by the disabled. In contrast with single-skill training programs offered by rehabilitation centers, she and her team have developed innovative tools to motivate and train people to start their own businesses. As a result of Pikat’s work, disabled entrepreneurs now have more opportunities to share their skills with others and demonstrate their ability to manage their own businesses.

To interact with other business networks, Pikat facilitated the formation of an association of disabled micro-entrepreneurs which serves as a citizen-based link for this population to work together. In addition to providing mutual support and sharing business tips, the participants advocate for public services and accessibility at the city level, involving them more directly in policy-making and implementation.

Pikat’s is also transforming how rehabilitation centers and government agencies relate to disabled people by encouraging participation at the city planning level. By promoting active engagement, she has succeeded in gaining budget allocation to be used as investment capital for businesses owned by disabled individuals.

Pikat is recognized as an outstanding trainer and leader throughout Indonesia, and her organization, InterAksi, is renowned. As such, she works with organizations in other cities, sharing practical tools and insights to build a broader movement.
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