Turning the tables for Temiar tribe of Malaysia

Adopting bioculture to elevate the economics of indigenous Temiar tribe and accessibility to clean water.

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  • English

Organization name

Kenyir Research Institute

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 250 - 500

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Malaysia

Headquarters location: City

Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Location(s) of impact

Malaysia: Gua Musang



Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Unregulated logging has resulted to forest landscape problems, some of which visibly impact the local and fringing indigenous communities at Gua Musang, Kelantan (East Peninsular Malaysia). Apart from frequent mudslides, fluvial discharge from storm water contaminates streams and rivers, resulting to silted water. Silted water does not only foul crops but also pollutes the clean drinking water thus, impairing the livelihood of Temiar community. The location of the villages are 6 hours drive using a 4wd vehicle.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The nearest clean water source is located 8km away for the nearest village as unethical logging has disrupted nearby water source. Additionally, the poor economy of Temiar tribe complicates this effort. Our partner, Allianz Malaysia plays crucial role to help the Temiar tribe with food aid and basic needs. Kenyir Research Institute provides effective strategies to ease the burden of rural communities in Terengganu. Together, both organisations intend to collaborate and implement bioculture as strategy for economic sustainability of Temiar tribe. The first step is to seek funding for a gravity feed water pipe to channel clean water to 6 villages as water is a basic humanitarian need. The second phase is to introduce sting-less bee apiaries, assistance with crop planting and training as nature guide. This will increase the economic value of the communities and will ensure future sustainability. The bees will also work as a agent for pollination which will ensure a healthy living forest.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Our partner, Allianz Malaysia (AM) bridges the gap between rural and urban communities through empowerment, food drive, flood awareness and healthcare. Kenyir Research Institute (IPK) on the other hand focuses on B40 (Bottom 40%) community empowerment through agricultural and environment training that covers plants, herbs, birding, bees keeping, crop planting and also by providing nature guide certification. While AM team was successful to aid and relieve flood victims during the mega-flood in 2014, IPK is successful to assist tribal communities overcome discomforts (from logging, disrupt waterways, limited resources to gather) and provided them with means for sustainable economic and village development. It is the first collaboration between AM and IPK to assist the Temiar tribe with water provision and offering job opportunities through training.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

We look forward to receive Grant support from Nestle and this will be used to build gravity feed tank and to acquire permit to tap the main water line, 8km away. It ensures continuous supply of clean water as comfort to 6 villages (approximately 400 villagers). The maintenance of this water tank and lines are possible through economic benefits received from bees keeping, crop planting and as nature guide.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our innovation is bio-culture. We intend to teach indigenous community sustainable ways to harvest natural resources. Instead of removing or utilising resources from the wild, the indigenous community are exposed to modules which harness their skills. The benefit of this technique allows indigenous communities to become aware of their surroundings and incorporate the new modifications into their cultural practices. The implementation of sting-less bees also assist with crop pollination.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The marginalised indigenous community of Malaysia occupy rainforest regions because it eases their daily routine and cultural lifestyle. Unregulated deforestation in Kelantan resulted to massive floods in 2014. The corporate social responsibility (CSR) team of Allianz Malaysia along with independent volunteers came to aid indigenous communities living at Kuala Krai and Gua Musang with food, water, and medical supplies. Kelantan state government allocated plots for village rebuilding. Sadly, deforestation in Gua Musang breached the Temiar tribe village and removed their access to clean water. Kenyir Research Institute and Allianz Malaysia intends to incorporate bio-culture for economic self-sufficiency and to assist the Temiar village build a gravity feed water tank. This collaboration provides the Temiar tribe access to clean water and equips them with knowledge for alternative income.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Nestlé page or contact


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Photo of Leena Irshaid

Congratulation mr. Bryan.. your effort to provide the community woth water then build a bridge of knowledge is a grate idea..hope you can continue your good wotk

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