Since 1993, Mitra Bali has been actively participating in Bali’s economic and social development by working to empower a large group of handicraft producers. One of Bali’s great sources of potential are the skilled hands its citizens that create bountiful quantities of crafts and souvenirs for the tourists, who traverse the rich and beautiful soil of this island.
However, there is a downside to this development of the tourist industry, the reality of which is somewhat different from the common perception of Bali as a sacred, island paradise filled with prosperous artisans. In actuality, only a small portion of the benefits of the industry are ever enjoyed by the village craft producers.
Based on these realities, Mitra Bali is actively involved in assisting these marginalized craft producers to understand and develop a fair trade model. “We know that what we have done, are doing, and will do is still far from our hopes and dreams . . . that is why we must continue this process. Another world is possible.”
Director & Editor: Hadhi Kusuma
Cameraman: Radhi Khalid
Translators: Erin P. Greaves & Roro Sawita