Assistance in Processing Red Guava Derivative for Disabled Communities

PKM is a Student Creativity Program held by the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia to encourage students to develop the potential of Indonesian students by studying, developing and applying the science and technology they have learned in lectures to wide community.

This team consists of five people from the Faculty of Economics and Business, with different study programs, namely Hilmi Alwan Husain (Islamic Economics), Hamdan Fuadi (Islamic Economics), Lintang Ayu Dyah Choirunnisa (Accounting), Shahrul Hazni (Management) , and Aisyah Chairina (Accounting).

This PKM activity focuses on providing training on processing guava to be processed into economical products in order to increase independence in entrepreneurship with all participants taking part in this training being people with disabilities.

“The program we are presenting is entitled Disability Environment Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurship Program Innovation as Empowerment of Disabled People Based on a Green Economy,” said Hilmy.

This program focuses on training in processing guava fruit into derivative products, namely Guava Jam, tote bags with eco=print techniques using guava leaf motifs combined with other leaves.

“In addition, we also provide training in making organic fertilizer by using rotten guava and other household organic waste as maggot food, then the results of the remaining maggot caterpillar food are used as fertilizer,” said Hilmy.

At the end of the program, the team also provides training regarding good digital marketing procedures so that the products produced from the training can reach the market appropriately. The form of digital marketing that we provide is in the form of online sales procedures via Shopee and Instagram.

“We also provide techniques on how to enter shop addresses on Google Maps so that they can be known to the wider public. “Of course, we also provide guidebooks to disabled people regarding the training we have provided so that we can help them apply it in their daily lives,” he said.

The derivative products produced from this program have their own advantages, for example the guava jam product which is low in calories because it uses stevia leaves as a sweetener so it does not use sugar.

Furthermore, when making eco-print tote bags using the Steam technique, mordant is used so that the resulting materials, colors and motifs can be seen and formed well and are attractive to look at.

Beside these two products, there is also the choice of making organic fertilizer to utilize guava fruit that is no longer fit to eat and household organic waste so that it does not go to waste.

The five members of the PKM Disability Environment Entrepreneurs TEAM hope that this program can be useful and have a positive impact on the disabled community in Gunungsari Village, Tajinan District, Malang, so that they can increase income through independence in making products that have more selling value. (*/OKY/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)