Melati, age 14, is the middle child of three sisters in Badung Regency. She’s just starting 9th grade.
Melati’s wish is to open her own business, preferably a restaurant or a bakery. She really wants to go to a vocational senior high school of culinary arts if she could.
At home, Melati mainly helps her family by making offerings so they could sell them to their neighbors. Her parents, as laborers, struggle to find work.
She has an older sister who had graduated from senior high school, but had gotten furloughed due to the pandemic. Her parents borrowed money in order to put her into senior high school, hoping that her sister could take over the debt and pay it on her own after graduating and getting a good job. Unfortunately, the pandemic and recession are still happening, and she could only work as a laborer who doesn’t always get to work. She could only help her parents paying off the monthly interest. Melati’s little sister is still in kindergarten.