Connecting the dots
While we (Sabahans) are blessed with our beautiful natural resources and wonderful people, more often than not, we are notorious for being one of most expensive places to live in Malaysia.
Prices of common household items are usually 20% to 30% more expensive than Peninsular prices. Without the higher income to support the family, many young Sabahans had no choice, but to move to Peninsular Malaysia for a better life.
Living at the dawn of a new Malaysia, we all should put our minds together to solve this problem of high living costs. One of the major contributors is the lack of connectivity in supply chain, making it expensive to transport goods from one place to the other. This causes a negative cascading effect on the prices of goods especially to the rural areas (Kampung). Prices of goods in rural areas are always more expensive.
What is Kaki-Kaki Kampong Project?
Kaki-Kaki Kampong (#Kaki2Kampong) is a private initiative launched by Koperasi Wawasan Rakyat Sabah Bhd. in collaboration with a few State government agencies and local Sabahan companies (including BorneoKaki.com). Our mission is to connect the Kampung folks with the wider market to achieve the following :
- Reduce living costs
- Increase household income
- Promote entrepreneurship
- Synchronise grocery prices
- Promote local goods/services
There are two parts to the project : 1) Supply and 2) Collection
The main idea is to reduce the logistics costs by combining the transport for supply (groceries) and collection (fresh produce).
Supply – Groceries
Every month, the #Kaki2Kampong will be sending lorries to the kampung to deliver groceries. The residents can pre-order their products via BorneoKaki.com or through their village representatives.
We will be supplying price regulated groceries to the rural communities based on the prices fixed by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP). We will ensure there are enough supply for items such as rice, cooking oil and sugar, especially during festive periods.
Other daily necessities such as milk, coffee, chocolate, noodles, meat (chicken/beef) will also be sold during pre-arranged delivery date. Local Sabahan suppliers with special offers are welcomed to tag along with our delivery schedule to promote their products to the residents.
This will help in synchronising the rural area grocery prices with the city prices and thus reduce the cost of living of the residents.
Collection – fresh produce
While doing our groceries delivery, we also help residents to collect their fresh produce to be sold in the city. We work closely with the major supermarkets such as G-Mart, Bataras, Giant, etc to help the residents to promote their pesticide-free products.
Before the project, previously the residents have limited channels to sell their fruits and vegetables. Usually they have to wait for a big harvest before they could afford to make a trip to the town market (tamu). Now with Kaki-Kaki Kampong, the residents could make use of our lorries to transport their products to the city.
This helps in increasing the household income of the kampung folks and promote entrepreneurship among the residents. The consumers of the supermarkets can also benefit from the healthier and cheaper fresh kampung produce.