Mat Sulyani – 30 Years Old
Mat Sulyani has been farming ginger for the last four years; he began doing so on his tiny three-quarter acre (3,000 m2) farm that he inherited from his parents in Gunungsari village, East Java. Mat and his fellow farmers in this mountainous, tropical region maintain the traditional farming practices that they were taught by their parents. Mat credits the unique qualities of this productive and distinctly fragrant ginger to the lush environment surrounding the village.
Mat is grateful to live in a peaceful place, far from urban areas, where his community can remain dedicated to their farming heritage; he views being a farmer as a family legacy and a commitment. Today, Mat’s farm has more than tripled in size to 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) and he has secured a stable price for his ginger by supplying The Ginger People with the organic raw materials for the Arjuna Ginger Bar. Mat is currently building his first home with the proceeds from his farm and will reside there with his wife, Lik Indrawati, their two children, and his in-laws.