PKPWomenShop

Ethical Products Handmade by Balinese Women

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Ethical Products Handmade by Balinese Women

PKP Community Centre, formerly known as KIM Women’s Centre, is an organisation located in Bali, which aims to provide a thriving home, a safe space to grow and collaborate for all members of the Balinese community, working hand in hand as equals for their collective growth.

The organisation was first established to enable gender equality by empowering Balinese women and girls. In particular we help women who are stigmatised in the community (for example, women who are divorced, infertile, have disabled children or single mothers). We have three centres that women attend to learn a variety of new job skills. The centres also aim to improve the wellbeing of the members, and act as a safe haven for divorced women. We help women become healthier in mind, body, and spirit while bringing emotional and financial stability into their lives.

After years running activities, Ibu Sari realized that she cannot build women in isolation. Families hold a crucial part of the women's lives, and often they are the sole reason of the women's persistence and hard work.

Therefore she decided to enlarge the scope of the centre, by embracing the whole community - not only women, but also children, teenagers, young adults, and men and changed the name to PKP Community Centre.


Background Story:

Balinese culture still predominantly favours male family members. As an example, males receive the bulk of a family’s inheritance, whilst daughters receive barely anything. After marriage, daughters move to live with their husband’s family. However, if the marriage doesn’t work the woman is forced to leave any children she has with her husband and return to her home village. On returning home these women are ostracised from their community because they are perceived as not being able to keep a husband, and they are often not allowed to see their children.

The unequal treatment of Balinese women in traditional Balinese society has encouraged Sari Pollen, the Balinese founder of KIM, to establish KIM Women’s Centre, which now has changed to PKP Community Centre to embrace the whole community.

The overall goal of the Centre is to improve the wellbeing of all its community, but with special focus on the marginalised women and girl members, by empowering them and reducing the social stigma surrounding them.

We provide a range of programs to teach the women new skills, which can be used to create a new source of income. This in turn can be used by their families for education or nutrition and thus helps the community as a whole.

Programs include the cooking program, gardening program, sewing program, bamboo bike program and education program consisting of English and computer classes.

Members who have attended the sewing program create items which are sold here at PKP Women Shop and all income goes directly to these women.

Thank you for shopping at PKP Women's Shop and helping to support Balinese women and girls!

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  • Sari Pollen

    Owner

    The founder and director of PKP Community Centre Centre is Sari Pollen

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