Kholisah was born in Lampung, South Sumatra, as the youngest of 6 siblings. After graduating from junior high school she migrated to Jakarta by herself with a view to continue her education in a Learning Center (PKBM). Since her father was unable to work and her mother suffered from an age-related disease, Kholisah took on the responsibility to provide a livelihood not only for herself, but also for her parents back in Lampung. All of her brothers and sisters are married and have their own families to provide for.
During her education at the Learning Center (PKBM) she had to take on a poorly paid job at a laundry place with a salary that hardly covered her cost of living in Jakarta. She was sometimes left feeling hungry, only being able to afford to eat once, sometimes twice a day. Kholisah looked for scholarship information on the internet and found out about BaliWISE. Her biggest dream is to gain skills education in order to get a better job in the future and be able to improve her parents’ condition.