Originally from the island of Lombok, Mainim decided to move to Bali last year, because after the earthquake of 2018, Bali’s already impoverished neighbouring island fared even worse. The 33-year-old has rented a spot on the road around Denpasar and now sells Indonesian dumplings, noodles with chicken meat and meatballs. Along with her husband Mursit, who has already worked as a construction worker in Bali for six years, she lives in a Kos, a small room in the city.
Her two daughters live with Mursit’s parents on Lombok. With her snack, Mainim earns around €5 a day. Thanks to a €35 microcredit, she was able to buy more ingredients.