The recent Lombok-Sumbawa Pearl Festival at Senggigi,Lombok featured all varieties of pearls–for a long time the icon of West Nusa Tenggara province. The production and trade of pearls – and related products by small and medium enterprises -- has lifted the local people's economy. They were able to succeed despite the lack of major capital investment. The secret, it seems, is the mutual support among the pearl traders and farmers. Tempo English reports from Lombok.