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    ETWA is a small Australian not-for-profit with a big heart for rural women in Timor-Leste. Our partnerships are based on the principles of reciprocity, economic justice and cultural preservation. Learn more about who ETWA is: ABOUT  ETWA Team PROJECTS PARTNERS

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    A partnership between ETWA & LO’UD What is Fo-Ba-Malu? A design collaboration project and textile brand A collaborative poverty alleviation partnership Fairly traded, plant dyed, hand-woven textiles, in a unique product range, designed for a contemporary landscape Fo-Ba-Malu means ‘means giving to each other’ in Tetum, Timor-Leste’s national language. This partnership and project embodies this […]

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    LO’UD is a women’s Cooperative with more than 70 members living in three communities in the Lautem District of Timor-Leste. LO’UD women speak with one voice to end poverty in their communities! ETWA has been working with the women of LO’UD since 2004, when ETWA co-ordinated it’s first ‘Weaving Tour’. Key members of ETWA met […]

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    Visit Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste epitomizes newness and timelessness with its’ proud contemporary history and age age-old cultures. The beauty of its landscapes and the resilience of its people will astound, energize, entertain but mostly challenge visitors to this tiny half-island. quick links to find out more Timor Adventures About Timor-Leste About Illiomar       This gallery of […]

Timor-Leste Tours

Light up Timor-Leste Tours 2015

Install solar in a village and have a great holiday

  • Explore a new destination
  • Get to know a community
  • Do something practical and sustainable

Light up ATAURO 13 July-21 July

Light up BAGUIA 25 September – 3 October

Timor Adventures in partnership with the Alternate Technology Association is proud to announce the Light up Timor Tours in July 2015.

These tours will give those interested in community development and sustainable energy in Timor-Leste the opportunity to experience firsthand solar installations, get to know the community that will use them and enjoy an unforgettable travel experience.

Each tour includes a tax deductible donation to ATA to support the work of energy access in Timor-Leste. Choose from one of the following options, or join us for both.

Contact Shirley or Dave if you have any questions


See websites links for more details:


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ETWA’s Mission

To support the well-being and self-sustainability of East Timorese women through socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable community programs, particularly in the handcrafts industry. We attempt to develop relationships based on reciprocity, so the things we learn from our friends in Timor-Leste are equally as important as the gift of support we bring. From Timorese […]

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ETWA’s Objective

ETWA identified the following 10 objectives to direct our priorities in Timor-Leste and Australia: To facilitate the growth and development of business skills for women as entrepreneurs within our partner groups in Timor-Leste To build and sustain relationships of solidarity between Australia and Timor-Leste which are based on maintaining cross cultural links and a commitment […]

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ETWA’s Values

Key values consistent with our overall mission include: Prioritising the needs and aspirations of our East Timorese partners Cooperation and mutual support Respect for the cultural integrity and intellectual property of East Timorese weavers Accountability and transparency in our stakeholder relationships Environmental protection and sustainability Ensuring fair trade principles and prices are adhered to Commitment […]

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ETWA’s Focus

ETWA identified the following five focus areas to help guide our strategic direction and program priorities. These five lenses are used to explore potential projects and partners, to prioritize our work and to evaluate impacts and outcomes: 1. Economic 2. Social 3. Cultural 4. Environmental 5. Educational

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