70-year-old Komala lives in her deceased husbands’ house, located in Pringgasela Selatan together with her daughter. In her early years, her mother taught Komala sewing and natural dyeing, using natural ingredients of the tarum tree. This is an Indonesian plant which grows in coastal and tropical areas. Komala passed on her knowledge about sewing to her three married daughters. Her sewing business enables her to finance her children’s education as far as high school, making a monthly profit of approximately Rp.500.000 (35€).
As member of Pringgasela Selatan’s womens’ sewing association, Komala would like to get a micro loan about 135€ to open her own gallery where she can sell her products. She wants to purchase yarn and tarum at a wholesale as well as increase her income.