The Straits Times
Published on Dec 29, 2012

Photo gallery: Indonesian woman promotes reading to village


Ms Kiswanti went to great lengths to get people to read in Indonesia, a nation addicted to social media but with a lacklustre interest in books.

For six years, as she cycled on bumpy village mud tracks in western Java as a door-to-door herbal medicine vendor, Ms Kiswanti would carry a stack of books on the back of her bike to lend to children. Her humble efforts have snowballed and her modest village is now home to a library, a rare sight even in Indonesia’s biggest cities.