PEKKA: Women-Headed Household Empowerment

PEKKA is a network and organization of member-owned cooperatives in Indonesia working to advance the economic status of women.

Mission and Purpose

Grass-roots member-owned cooperatives for female heads of households in rural Indonesia (PEKKA) empower the female members through three economic activities: community-based microfinance through savings and borrowing; a closed trading and marketing system, branded as PEKKA Mart; and economic lobbying and advocacy. Through their membership of the cooperative, female heads of households are increasing their voice and agency over economic decision-making. They increase their access to and control over resources through saving and borrowing activities, as members use loans from the cooperative to access land and improve control over their microbusinesses (e.g. pricing, investment). Access to and control over capacity building through links with the PEKKA Foundation and the exchange of information within the nationwide network of cooperatives are important enabling factors to increasing awareness and capabilities. 

Origins and Development

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

Specializations, Methods and Tools

Major Projects and Events

Read a detailed case study of PEKKA's economic activities here.

Analysis and Lessons Learned


Case study from Institute of Development Studies.

See Also

PEKKA: Women-headed Household Empowerment - Economic Advancement in Indonesia


External Links