EMPOWERMENT OF FISHING COMMUNITY BUSINESS GROUPS IN KALIBARU VILLAGE, CILINCING, NORTH JAKARTA
The purpose of this activity was to empower fishing communities in Kalibaru, Cilincing through introducing knowledge of food handling and processing technologies, especially green mussels-based products. The partner involved in this study was the Annisa Bakti Business Group having 15 members of single parents. The profession of family members was green mussels peeler. Peeling process performed was through boiling, peeling the shell, icing, and then selling. The handling of green mussels with peeling was mainly intended to solve the problem overproduction which was not absorbed by the market as life green mussels. The appearance of peeled green mussels were usually pale, and the peeler usually introduced synthetic dyes to make them more attractive. The types of dyes used are generally not allowed for food because they are harmful to health. Based on those facts, the community empowerment efforts were carried out through the following ways: (1) Building motivation to develop the business; (2) More hygienic handling of green mussels; (3) Training on oyster (mussels) sauce processing; (4) Development of processed mussels product business, through introducing simple business feasibility study, business management, and simple financial bookkeeping. The program is expected to have an impact on improving the welfare of partners, especially the Annisa Bakti. Business Groups.