A Javanese rice grower
Prawiro's family lives in Kedung, one of the hamlets associated with Wukisari village, located in the Jogjakarta district of Indonesia.
His main economic activity is confined to this hamlet. All the inhabitants in Kedung help each other through a very active network.. The Prawiros go to Wukisari every five days, either for the market or to solve administrative problems with the village's chief. Once a year, for the "lebaran" (the end of Ramadan), the whole family goes to Jogjakarta, the cultural capital of Java.
Though he is Indonesian by nationality, Mr. Prawiro considers himself above all a Javanese.
The Prawiros own
approximately 8 ares (0.2 acres) of garden (pekarangan) and 50 ares
(1.25 acres) of rice fields (sawah), and thus they have a high social
status. They belong to the privileged 15% of the population who earn
most of their income from agriculture. In Kedung, only one family upon
two owns a private garden and rice fields. The small amount of land
that they own requires many families to work elsewhere in order to supplement