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Poverty Alleviation in Bali (Indonesia)

Bali is well known as a holiday destination, however, in rural areas away from the tourist spots there is considerable poverty. Local governments receive limited funding to assist poorer people with housing, electricity, water and other basic services, however, the voices of the poorest, especially women, are often not heard.

We support our local partners MBM to advocate for the rights of women and the poor to participate in village decision-making processes and provides women and poor families with vocational skills training so they can generate an income through activities such as basket weaving and raising livestock. We also support rural communities with health and hygiene services and education.

You can help! And thanks to our partnership with the Australian Government, your donation can go up to five times as far (find out more).




This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

Check out the impact we’re making together…


Our impact 

Every year since 2010, we have provided micro enterprise training and support for 300 families, and WASH training, toilets or clean water for 100 families.

Last year, 28 villages received access to better water and sanitation facilities through the WASH program.


COVID-19 Pandemic response (2020)

As a result of COVID-19, MBM put activities on hold and all staff worked from home. They contacted village leaders in the communities they work in to set up information alerts and check that vulnerable people had access to handwashing stations. They supported additional families to build toilets in their own homes and supported messages by the Ministry of Health about COVID-19, physical distancing and where to get help. Bali was hit hard by the impact of the virus as many people will lost their jobs, especially those in the tourism industry.


Indonesia, Province of Bali


Bali Protestant Church (GKPB) through Maha Bhoga Marga Foundation (MBM)


Poverty Alleviation

News from the Field

  • Empowering Voices in Community Decision-Making in Bali August 9, 2022Empowering Voices in Community Decision-Making in Bali
    An estimated 202,000 people are experiencing poverty in Bali, and as COVID-19 continues to take its toll, that number is only expected to rise. With limited funding going to local governments, many people struggle to access the housing, electricity, water and other basic services they need. But for the most vulnerable groups, including women and ...
  • Thank you for helping our partners stand strong against COVID-19 April 13, 2021Thank you for helping our partners stand strong against COVID-19
    A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in Lent Event and donated to projects that are helping our global neighbours stand strong against COVID-19. Over just the past few weeks, we’ve received $140,000, well on the way to our fundraising target of $330,000. People like Wayan and his wife (above), who benefited from ...
  • Back to Bali (COVID-19 Update) September 18, 2020Back to Bali (COVID-19 Update)
    With international borders still closed, and far fewer tourists visiting places like Bali, we spoke to our partners in Indonesia to find out what life is like in the grip of the pandemic. “People here are more worried about having no food and no jobs than about the pandemic,” says our Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator, Dr ...
  • Cartoons to fight COVID-19 June 23, 2020Cartoons to fight COVID-19
    Our partners in Bali have been finding innovative ways for children to stay safe, connected and spreading important information about COVID-19. As part of safety lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia, the Bali provincial government recommended all school children study at home. With children isolated in their houses, our partners MBM held a drawing ...
  • COVID-19 crisis response in Bali May 29, 2020COVID-19 crisis response in Bali
    Last month our partner in Bali MBM provided food assistance to 2,338 people, health packages containing masks, soap and vitamins to 320 families and health education brochures to 708 families. 1,000 fruit and vegetable plants have been prepared to help improve the long-term food security and nutrition of people who lost work and must stay ...