Wulan is the youngest child of a farming family from Banyuwangi, East Java. After graduating high school, she began studying Business Management at a college in Bali. Half way through the year her father broke his back in an accident, forcing her to return home.
Back home she was married to another villager, who left her after she got pregnant. Wulan began working as a chilli farmer to support herself and her son, Zulfi, for a salary of $6 a day.