Luri is the third daughter of 6 siblings. Living in a remote area with very limited infrastructure, Luri’s mother lost her first and second child on her way to the hospital to deliver the baby. Now Luri is the oldest daughter, which means she has to take care of herself and her younger siblings. When she was in the secondary school, she worked as a storekeeper at her teacher’s shop. She did this after school in order to earn money to pay for her school tuition. In high school, She earned extra money to help paid for her school fee by doing the laundry, door to door at her neighbors houses.
Luri’s father, I Wayan Latra is live stock farmer and her mother Ni Made Armini is a crafter who made ata (ata is a craft made from palm leaf that is used for offering). By producing ata, her mother earned around Rp30.000 (AUD 3) per day. With a very limited income, it was hard for Luri’s parents to send her to high school after she graduated from secondary school. Remembering they have 3 other children that are still in school. Luri’s mother was thinking about sending Luri to Jakarta to become a “pembantu” or housekeeper at her age of 14. Fortunately, Luri received help from Carolia Foundation, that supported her education so she can continue to High School. Carolia Foundation and Bali WISE are collaborating since early 2015. When graduated from high school, Pak Bambang, the Head of Carolia Foundation encouraged Luri to join the Bali WISE program.
Coming home with full of excitement, Luri spoke to her parents about the Bali WISE program. With a support of her parents Luri finally left her village in order to join the program. It was hard for her family to let her go, but as it was for her future, it was the cost that they had to pay. Her journey started in April 2015, when she joined the Bali WISE program. That time, she did not have any first hand experience or knowledge in hospitality but she kept learning and made progress.
In the Vocational program, Luri was placed at Alila Villa Uluwatu to have real job experience in Spa Department. During her 3 months training Luri learned and gained experiences that helped her to get a job at the Grand Hyatt Hotel as a Spa Therapist one week before she graduated from Bali WISE. Luri is now earning above average. But she does not stop there, being grateful for what she has now, Luri contributes her time and skills by teaching Yoga and Spa to Bali WISE current students. Luri has a dream to build a yoga center in her village.
“I am really grateful because Bali WISE gave me the opportunity to learned and improved my skills. It has given me better future prospects so I didn’t end up as a bamboo weaver” Said Luri. “ Like a bridge, Bali WISE gave my daughter a way to a better future ”, added her father.