MUHAMMAD MAHFUR: Teaching between Tapping Coconut Trees

From a distance faintly heard the melodious sound of a group of children reading the Koran. The sound was louder when the IMC editorial team approached a simple house painted in light green. True, this house is being used by Muhammad Mahfur to teach Islamic studies together with surrounding children. It seems the children are sitting in chairs facing each other while mimicking the words uttered by Mahfur. This 49-year-old man inserts a little time to teach on the sidelines of work to collect.

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Toingatul Devotion to Her Father

The 17-year-old teenager is the second daughter of Karwin and Ripah. She is lean, just like her father. Her father is a sap tapper. Toing, that is how her friends call her. Currently, Toing is a 3rd grader at one of Vocational High Schools in Purwokerto. She is so proud of her father’s occupation. In fact, Toing often takes her time to help her father producing organic coconut sugar after school.

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JONO: Success Story of a Young Tapper

Jono is a special person. While men of his age enjoy frenzies and personal pleasures, he does something different. This 25-year-old man chose to work at home as a tapper. He is thin and his figure is not too big but he is very strong. He can tap 65 coconut trees in one day. He decided to become a tapper because of the increasing demands of family economy.

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SUTARNO : Tapping to Support Life

He is almost half a century old, but his body still looks strong. His posture is not too high. His skin tends to be dark because the work he does requires him to always be exposed to sunlight. Sutarno, this is the name of the man who has been pursuing his job as a tapper since 20 years ago. He spends almost half of his age working as a tapper. He feels grateful, the results of tapping are able to support his family’s life.

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