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The objective of the Mini Market and Bus Waiting Shelter project implemented by CARE International in Bobonaro District, Timor Leste is to develop rural transportation and market infrastructure. This will support the objectives of an existing community empowerment project to rehabilitate rural roads, encourage entrepreneurship, and link rural communities with essential services
The Mini Market project is designed to support the IGAs and improved access to expand market opportunities in local areas.
The Bus Waiting Shelters will enable community members to use their improved roads to access essential services by creating comfortable areas for children, elderly, pregnant women or sick people can wait for transportation.
Because the Halimesak site is located in a more central position in the Odemau succo, the project team and the local community agreed that the Halimesak market will be slightly bigger (5x 15m surface) that the Ilebole market (6 x12m). Both sites are on the side of the main district road connecting Maliana town to Bobonaro, and at strategic intersections with rural feeder roads.
22 crew, of which over 40% are women, were selected to become labor workers on two mini-market construction sites .
Construction of the Mini-market and bus shelter occurred between November 2008 and March 2009 .
Construction of the Mini-Market in Ilebole began the third week of January 2009. A bus waiting shelter and public toilet facilities were also constructed at the site. Construction was completed mid July 2009.
A survey was conducted in in 7 sub-villages near the project area in March 2009, after one market construction was completed and the second one was under way. During the survey, about 150 individuals were interviewed, evenly split between men and women, and between crew workers under the CEIC project and non crew workers.
Below are some relevant survey results:
- (i) will sell things there (95-100%)
- (ii) will buy things there (90%)
- (iii) will help save time (over 80%).
The lesser reasons were: to visit friends or relatives (10-25%) and to seek transportation (5-15%).
The project has ended in July 2009. However, CARE still has an agricultural development project and an Integrated Rural Development project taking place in the area, and for which the target beneficiaries will continue enjoying the newly constructed mini markets in the future.
(Update Posted: 25 Sept 2009)