The festive atmosphere was in the air during the cloudy morning hung above Sibu Sibu café in Ambon, Maluku, on June 1st, 2012, where smiling people went to and fro since early morning that day. That day marked the official opening ceremony of Maluku One Stop Shop Sibu Sibu by the City Major, Mr. Richard Louhenapessy.
The ceremony was an event to honour co-investment project conducted by Mercy Corps Our World Our Family (OWOF) Program funded by Western Union Foundation, in supporting Mercy Corps Maluku Recovery Program in its economy recovery and development effort on the area that is widely known as The Islands of Spices.
Since 2002, Mercy Corps has been teaming up with the local government, academics, farmers, business actors, and various other parties to implement community development in Ambon and Seram Islands to assist the community in coping and adapting to potential hazards which occurred since the conflicts that began in 1999, has initiated a concept of public-private partnership strategy to assist promotion of assortment products and services from micro entrepreneurs, agro-products, tourism, industry, investment, and commerce. This concept was known by the name of Maluku Branding.