ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF POOR COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIVERSIFICATION PRODUCTS OF VIRGIN COCONUT OIL WASTE IN TRENGGALEK DISTRICT

Tri Lestari, Susi Tri Wahyuni, Sri Umi Mintarti, Madziatul Churiyah

Abstract


In the theory of community based development (Korten, 1988), each community structure must have a production mechanism in certain
communities, in the social structure of this community, a social fabric can be optimized for productivity if it is able to explore the potential that
exists in the community. in previous studies showed that the processing of VCO can produce various kinds of waste that can be optimally utilized
economically, for environmental welfare. some of these wastes, both starting from the outer skin, namely coconut fiber, coconut shells, coconut
pulp, coconut water and others. while in the process of making VCO, what is sought is coconut oil in coconut meat which is to obtain the results of
refined coconut oil, in the form of VCO.
The purpose of this study is to find a model of economic empowerment of the poor in the Trenggalek district area, based on the entrepreneurs of the
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) processing industry that is widely developed in Trenggalek, so as to provide economic added value for the surrounding
poor communities. This is very possible because VCO waste can be reprocessed in a variety of diversified products that can economically add value
to the economic welfare of the poor communities around, for example coconut fiber, coconut shells, coconut water or coconut pulp can be utilized
for various purposes that have value other high economical. This research was conducted through an action research method that began with survey
research, namely the identification of a diversified VCO waste treatment business model that has never been utilized by residents around VCO
processors in the research object environment, especially for raw materials for coconut pulp products. then need assessment is carried out to obtain
a model that will be developed in accordance with the needs of the community of coconut pulp waste processing for local VCO products, and a
limited trial is carried out using the coconut pulp as raw material for making various cakes (brownies, shredded shred), as a product made from
processing waste VCO, along with the packaging and various marketing developments, through collaboration with partner teams by utilizing
integrated management laboratories and marketing sigma laboratories, which are owned by partners, namely at the Faculty of Economics, State
University of Malang.
The purpose of this study is to find an empowerment model The results obtained from community empowerment based on the processing of VCO
waste in the form of coconut pulp can be used as raw material for various cakes or snacks, along with various processed products and packaging, as
well as various potential diversification products.


Keywords


empowerment, diversification, waste, VCO, Trenggalek.

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