Bali WISE is breaking the poverty cycle through free skills education, employment and business development for the underprivileged women of Bali, Indonesia.
Despite Bali's rapid development, poverty is on the rise. An increasing number of women find themselves struggling between tourism-driven inflation and increasing competition in the low-skilled job market. In Bali, girls are four times less likely to receive education than males. Many are trapped in degrading working conditions and a life of poverty, without the means to escape or improve their and their family's situation.
Bali WISE operates on 2 campuses that offer Basic Work & Life Skills, Language (literacy, English); Vocational Skills Training in the hospitality sector for careers with partnering hotels; and Social Business Development Skills focused on sustainable entrepreneurship. The graduates from the program become empowered to live a life free of exploitation and economic dependence.
Yearly, 200 Bali WISE graduates learn the skills to earn independent and sustainable incomes resulting in improved living standards and community development. Children of educated women are more likely to become educated as their mothers are able to make informed life-choices, which includes preparing for their children's futures. The long-term effects include a decrease of prostitution, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, unwanted teenage pregnancy and lowering the infant mortality rate.
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