Surabaya, Indonesia. Age 43 years. Who would have thought this respected kiai who had been a coffee farmer. Even science is ‘high’ in terms of coffee, because Muhammad Zakki has become entrepreneurs in the field.
“In addition to religious education, students learn to manage the business,” he said to Surya encountered in the pesantren, the Housing Graha Tirta, Waru, Sidoarjo.
Most of the students who are still studying at college in Sidoarjo and Surabaya were taught to produce processed coffee to sell to the market.
Hundreds of students are invited to get involved directly process the seeds to turn coffee into your cooking and coffee powder.
According to Muhammad Zakki, they instantly become the practice of product marketing personnel to a number of traditional markets throughout East Java. Within a month, hundreds of students was able to produce about 20-25 tons of coffee cooking. There are two brands of coffee produced these students.
“Brand and Pendowo Makhota Limo King,” said alumnus IAIN Sunan Ampel 1993, the East Java Chamber of Commerce board since 2009.
The students are studying for three years. Once they graduate, schools do not take it off straight away. However, keep in touch with them and encourage the practice expertise to make coffee.
According to Etty Sriwinarti husband present, it supplies raw materials for the students and encourage them to open businesses in their respective places of origin.
The idea of establishing an educational boarding santri entrepreneurial minded since it occurred to cultivate the coffee business for 15 years. But the intention was only sparked when he was performing the Hajj in 2004.
Muhammad Zakki pray in the Holy Land of Mecca in order to establish a boarding business intentions materialize. “I want to help. Those of them come from disadvantaged families, “he explained.
Once home from the pilgrimage, Muhammad Zakki gradually realize his intentions. Independent boarding and Agribusiness believer was built in 2006 and receiving students. Now 112 students have been living in boarding schools located in the middle of this housing. 2013, schools are ready to receive santriwati.
Then what is the background of these entrepreneurs founded the boarding school? Muhammad Zakki see a lot of potential for agribusiness in Indonesia that has not managed properly. On the other hand, he saw the potential is enormous if the students were given a business lunch.
“Potential students are less empowered, that’s why I want to print the students to become entrepreneurs. Because my coffee business, yes I teach the trade of coffee, “he said.