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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

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