Over the past year, a group of four mothers launched a sewing business in the cemetery making skirts, bags, jewelry, and other items made from beautiful, traditional Indonesian batik fabric.
We believe this story is just beginning. A few of the women have been able to fully transition from sex work in the cemetery to this new business venture. We are simply following their lead. With the help of a volunteer at our centers in East Java, they have licensed their business, and are able to sell these items online and in local retail shops.
A group of teenagers have also been learning sewing and binding skills with the women and are putting together beautiful batik journals. They are learning entrepreneurial skills and money management, but most importantly, they are building confidence!