This is Yudi. We first came across Yudi in 2012, when he had built a shack out of cardboard and tin against a wall of an abandoned building. Things had taken a turn in Yudi's life as he had previously worked in the tourist trade in Bali making leather jackets but after tourism dropped off he was attempting to make a living from local jeans repairs and selling petrol. Yudi had a young family he was trying to support in Java on this small income and it was a 19 hour trip back home which he made four times a year to see his wife and children.
We have now been working with Yudi for 7 years and have helped facilitate his move back to his family and village. Through the empowerment of a regular wage Yudi now heads the majority of our small scale production with three other family members working full time with him. The old school singer sewing machines they use are foot powered, which work quietly in the harmony of village life without electricity.