Start with the little things: 5 Indonesian social impact startups

From providing student loans to empowering marginalized groups and farmers, these Indonesian startups are revitalizing local communities

Many startup founders are trying to change the world, or at least certain communities, for the better. Certain startups come closer to that goal than others. While a startup like Uber has created jobs and changed how people use public and private transportation, a startup like microfinance pioneer Kiva creates hope and changes lives.

In a country as populous and diverse as Indonesia, there are many areas in which entrepreneurs can create positive social change. Some of these, like poverty, have traditionally been within the purview of the state or NGOs. Others have been overlooked, lack new solutions, or are differently underserved. Here are a few Indonesian startups worth reading about that have had a positive social impact.


Finding a job has always been difficult for the disabled in Indonesia. Many companies fail to recognize their value as skilled workers or accommodate special needs. Saujana, a social enterprise that works in environmental conservation and social issues, decided

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