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Goris Mustaqim: Making business green

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 8 2009   /  12:08 pm

Courtesy of Jerry AurumWhat can one young man possibly offer his community? Knowledge? Commitment? A better future? Well, Goris Mustaqim offers them all when it comes to tackling climate change. At barely 26, the green entrepreneur is already miles ahead of his peers. Turning down seemingly promising career opportunities after graduating from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Goris returned to his hometown of Garut in West Java. His purpose was clear: help the communities there and tackle climate change issues.Goris, selected as one of the British Council’s International Climate Champions, is said to be a risk taker and the embodiment of Ying and Yang forces, as he dares to balance his profit-making spirit with strong environmental principles, creating the perfect dynamo for sustainable growth. His engaging with 4,000 akar wangi (vetiver) farmers in Garut to introduce a more e...