Merry is a Bali WISE student from Flores, she is 18 years old. Merry’s bravery is remarkable; she traveled from Flores to East Java by herself to find a job. She used to work at a bakery store to help her family’s financial situation. Merry’s father has passed away and her mother is a stay at home mother who sometimes farms for extra incomes. She has two older siblings, the first one is an honorary teacher and the second one is unemployed. Merry’s family income is IDR 900,000.00 per month but very unstable. Sometimes, they struggled to find food to eat because they don’t have any money. Merry promises to get as much money as possible, she is not ashamed to work hard as long as it’s legal. She wants to help her mother to open her own culinary business and to help her family’s financial situation.
Jeni came from Karangasem, she is 18 years old. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a warung coffee seller, their total incomes are IDR 800,000.00 per month. She is the second daughter of three. Her older sibling works as a government honorary employee, but still asks for money to Jeni’s parent since the salary from the government is too small. Jeni really wants to work in hotel, be independent and to make her parents happy. She wants to buy a motorcycle and to pay for her younger sibling school fees. Jeni always said to “enjoy your life and be strong.”
Tantri’s family traveled from Karangasem to Denpasar to seek a better life. Tantri’s mother is a cook for a warung and her father is a farmer. Her family income is only IDR 1,000,000.00 per month. Tantri has two older siblings, but they’re already married and thus cannot help Tantri’s family financial situation. Tantri is 18 years old and very cheerful; she has big hopesfor when she joins Bali WISE. Tantri struggles with her English but she is confident in learning it more and getting better so she can work in the hospitality and tourism industry. At first, Tantri was not accepted at Bali WISE, but she never gave up. She learned and asked her friend to help her study. After 3 weeks of training, she came to Bali WISE and could answer all the English questions perfectly. Tantri used to work in Kedaton Restaurant as a waitress. By joining Bali WISE, Tantri wants to gain a better employment and be a better person each day, she always said that “If you have the will, you’ll find a way.”
Susila is 18 years old, she came from Lampung. When she was in highschool, she was always the top three in her class ranking and had a lot of achievements. She was the winner of an Accounting Olympic competition at a provincial level and she also won a traditional music competition. Actually, Susila already got accepted at a famous university in Lampung, but she doesn’t have the money to continue. Susila is the first daughter of 8, her father works as a reporter with only IDR 1,750,000.00 per month and her mother is a stay at home mother. Her other siblings are still in school and her father’s family helps pay the school fees. After Susila finished high school, she promises herself that she wouldn’t depend on someone else, she wants to help her family’s financial situation through her hard work. In the future, Susila want to be a manager in one of the 5 star hotels in Bali.
Dara is 20 years old.She used to work in Tulung Agung store when she was in her home city, with a monthly salary of IDR 850,000.00. Her parents opened a food stall at night, her mother cooks and her father washes and serves the dishes. The food stall generates IDR 100,000.00 a day. Dara has an older sibling, who works as a teacher and a tour guide. Her family has unpaid loans in the bank, so most of their incomes must be used to pay the debt. Dara is really excited aboutthe hospitality and tourism industry and she wants to study tourism in university but she doesn’t have the money. That was until she found Bali WISE Skilled Education Program as a stepping stone towards her dream to work in the hospitality and tourism industry. Dara is interested in Food and Beverages Product and wants to open her own culinary business someday. A lot of people commented bad things about Dara dream, but Dara believes in herself that she can do it. She always thinks that It’s impossible for them but not for her, so she will show those people who don’t believe in her that one day she will succeed.