YKAN has been present in Salafen Village for more than two years. As a development partner of the Southwest Papua Provincial Government, YKAN strives to support strengthening women's role in conservation efforts, one of which is through the sasi tradition. YKAN assists in sustainable and science-based sasi management for three groups in this village, namely the Zakan Day, Wan, and Ilen groups.
Mentoring to the Zakan Day group focuses on managing sasi appropriately to preserve marine biota. With proper management, the benefits of the sasi tradition can be felt in the long term.
For the Wan and Ilen groups, YKAN guides the development of processed products to have higher economic value. Starting from making product variations and product diversification to marketing. YKAN also provides financial training and helps facilitate obtaining business permits. In the future, YKAN plans to encourage the marketing of woven crafts and processed sago to Sorong and other areas.
With this support, the social role of women in Salafen will be increasingly respected. They can act as housewives at home while also working like men.