EMPREZA DIAK is a Timorese organisation that works to end poverty in Timor-Leste. We economically empower people creating new livelihood opportunities, providing innovative training and starting small businesses to build better futures. Since 2011 we reached 5,000 women and men in 10 municipalities across the country and we want to impact at least 2,000 more lives every year!
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An Innovation Hub to Empower Communities – Empreza Di'ak
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An Innovation Hub to Empower Communities

 “Sentru Atauro Diak”, a Community and Social Business Center leading by example in the island of Atauro

The Sentru Atauro Diak is a beautiful landmark in the remote Atauro island. Launched in 2015, it is the first development hub in the country, featuring a local products’ shop, business demonstrations, fun monthly events, trainings, classes and community visits that reach over 3500 people per year and make this center a local attraction!

The build up
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The hub

The first ever self-contained facility in the island is a development hub with training areas, office space and business demos


This center was built by the man and women of Atauro. Our team, volunteers and local friends helped train over 20 people to turn empty land into this incredible center.

Uma Arkitetura

With the pro bono support from the Uma Arkitetura architects we designed a building that incorporates local and foreign materials to create a space for both local communities and tourists.


The Sunrise Joint Venture, the New Zealand Embassy and our Co-Founders funded this dream, turning it into reality!

Our shop: beautiful handicrafts and traditional products made locally by groups trained and supported by our outreach team.

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The micro-businesses: research, test and develop innovative livelihoods and business opportunities for replication in local communities (poultry and eggs, aquaculture and fish processing, niche vegetable production, composting)

Atauro is a small island 80kms from Dili, with 8,500 inhabitants.

It is one of the most remote and impoverished regions of Timor-Leste. Only 15% of the island is served by road; electricity and water access are limited and unreliable.

Most families live beyond the poverty line.

We are working in partnership with individuals, groups, organizations and the local government.

We are bringing innovative training and opportunities to develop communities and the local economy.

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