Dian Megawati is a warm and bubbly 30-year-old who lives in her grandparents’ house in a bustling part of MakassarRead more
Dian Megawati is a warm and bubbly 30-year-old who lives in her grandparents’ house in a bustling part of Makassar, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. She shares her tiny house with her husband Ismail (31), grandmother Nurhabi (70), and three small boys Mohamed (2), Hudza (4), and Uwais (5). Whilst her husband works in a nearby bookshop, Dian manages the house, looks after her children, and helps her grandmother with the cleaning and cooking. Despite this busy schedule, Dian recently started a small business, making and selling crochet clothing, accessories, and herbal tonics. As if that is not yet enough, energetic Dian also volunteers with a local school, teaching basic literary to illiterate and impoverished children and teenagers.
“After having children, I wanted to find a way to help improve our income, but I also wanted the ability to stay at home and teach and support them,” says Dian. “For example, I was worried that if I started up a cooking business I would need to spend all my time in the kitchen, and the children would be neglected and left to run around the village on their own. I worried that they would not learn to read and write like many of the children here.”
A solution was first proposed to Dian by a friend, who knew how to crochet and suggested Dian start crocheting Muslim skull caps at home, which could then be sold in the local religious goods store. It seemed like a low-cost way to make money without having to leave the house. There was only one problem… Dian didn’t know how to crochet.