Kadek Sudarmiasih (“Dek Jarmi”), 13, is the younger of two with an older brother. She dreams of graduating and making it to med school so she can become a doctor.
As a girl, Dek Jarmi’s parents don’t prioritize her education since they think she will leave the house after getting married when she’s older. This is most likely true, as that’s how the culture works. But, meanwhile, Dek Jarmi really likes school and is quite dedicated with her studies. She’s ranked the 7th out of 26 students in her class. She would very much like to get a High School diploma, which would enrich her life and enable her to get much better work when she finishes. Without it, she will most likely be a low paid laborer.
Her parents are working as laborers. They took a loan for about USD 1,700 to pay for her older brother’s school expenses in high school, to repair their home, and to afford their meals. They also raise livestock, which will get them half of the profit when the owner sells them.