Mouths to Feed

JB group mango

“Don’t try to work with village people.  It will be much more difficult for you.” This warning from a business owner in Indonesia caused me to pause and carefully consider the path we were forging. Although that conversation took place over a decade ago, I have never forgotten it —  though it was perhaps the […]


GB Working Group

I like to work with my hands;  I derive satisfaction from a finished project. And if tasked with a project of tearing something apart . . . well, I’ve loved demolition work since I was a three-year-old playing with Lincoln Logs!  In fact, I was a bit jealous when I recently passed through a village […]

Building Up Financially Vulnerable People

JB Guys

Resource Exchange International, Inc. (REI) takes the matter of “Building People to Build a Nation” very seriously, mobilizing resources so that professionals in several countries can strengthen the strategic sectors of their country.  In Indonesia we direct our attention toward those whose income prospects are limited. Specifically, we work among low-income families in rural villages, […]

Dehydrators and People


In the village of Tiron, natural resource extraction has become a way of life. Agriculture provides the largest amount of community income.  Mining in the village is a close second. In both agriculture and mining, the tools of the trade are very simple: hoe, plow, hammer. Low technologies present very limited opportunities for personal development. […]