Feature stories

This is a list of official ILO feature stories issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each stories. The most recent stories is at the top.


  1. Financial skills help shape a better future

    01 November 2016

    An ILO project in Indonesia enhances labour productivity, employment opportunities and entrepreneurship in key rural activities.

  2. How are people skills improving working conditions in Indonesia’s apparel factories?

    29 September 2016

    Training in communications for garment factory supervisors yields significant improvements in the quality of working conditions and big gains in productivity.

  3. The neatest vegetable plot in Timor Leste

    29 August 2016

    A couple of years ago Juanico Soares saw an opportunity to improve his and his family’s lives by partnering with Josephina Farm, a Timorese owned enterprise that provides agriculture support and buys vegetables from farmers for on-sale to Dili supermarkets and restaurants.

  4. Indonesia’s abused domestic worker to seek justice

    23 August 2016

    For more than seven years, Marni Siti* (name has been changed), 22 years old, was kept as prisoner in the home of her employer, a mother of four, Mala Husin* (name has been changed) who regularly violently abused and deprived her of food, sleep and payment for long hours of grueling work.

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    After the volcano: From displaced person to business woman

    18 August 2016

    An Indonesian woman displaced after a volcanic eruption opened a successful business after ILO training on financial education and entrepreneurship.

  6. Unlocking a herbal business opportunity in Timor-Leste

    27 July 2016

    Thirty-six year old Ruben da Silva Gusmao knows that he will not be an employee for the rest of his life. He is motivated to become an entrepreneur, considering the vast unlocked business opportunities in the Timor-Leste market.

  7. The Voice of the Voiceless Campaign: Mariana Renata

    21 July 2016

    “My name is Yohana and I am living with HIV,” narrated Mariana Renata, a top Indonesian model, joining other artists and athletes around the world in the ILO’s “Voice of the Voiceless” initiative to give voice to people living with HIV/AIDS who are not able to tell their own stories.

  8. Story of Yohana: “I am as productive as other workers”

    04 July 2016

    Yohana* (name has been changed) is one of the plantation workers at one of the multinational companies in Papua. She heard about HIV and AIDS, but she had never really learnt about it. She even never thought about HIV.

  9. Delicious original meatball business

    23 June 2016

    Two years ago, realizing that no meatballs made by Timorese were available at local supermarkets, a 42-year-old woman, Luisa Maria S. da Silva, was inspired to become a supplier of fresh meatballs.

  10. More employment opportunities for people with disabilities

    15 June 2016

    The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Manpower has developed and implemented programme initiatives to promote equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities. The Ministry of Manpower has also participated and supported the ILO’s PROPEL-Indonesia project. To learn about what has been done and what will be further done on disability related issues, below is the interview with Sapto Purnomo, Deputy Director for Vulnerable Labour Placement of the Directorate of Domestic Manpower Placement of the Ministry of Manpower.