Small-scale producers in Indonesia’s furniture hub have untapped potential for growth

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Mahogany and teak products are the economic backbone of Central Java’s Jepara district and have earned worldwide recognition for their quality and sustainability. They also provide livelihoods to thousands of small-scale enterprises in Indonesia’s flagship furniture industry. Yet the timber-dependent artisans who run them face increasing global competition and suffer from inefficient production processes, low levels of organization and limited access to finance.

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