Ayu Lestari is the younger of two siblings in Jembrana. She’s now 12 and in grade 8. Her older brother is in college through a scholarship. He also works part-time to afford his other needs and helps his parents afford their living expenses. He lives in Jimbaran, Badung, but during the pandemic he’s been staying home in Jembrana. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Ayu’s brother lost his job.
Both of Ayu’s parents are rice-field laborers. They barely earn $70 after combining their income.
With the pandemic hitting the tourism industry hard on the island and her family not earning, Ayu is unlikely to be able to graduate school. That can change though, if she were to get a sponsor.