Ingredients for Success

Fish powder creates new livelihood opportunities for women in Timor-Leste

Behind a small house in the coastal village of Beacou in Timor-Leste, several women crowd around a table. It’s covered with jars and plates of brightly-coloured ingredients—fish, marungi leaves, dried shrimp, roasted sesame seeds, onion powder, salt, pepper, sugar, oil and cooked chili.

The women spend the next hour blending, heating and mixing the ingredients until they produce a vibrant green powder that’s spooned into small packets, ready for sale and consumption. 

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