The Real Bali
When people think about Bali, they immediately think about paradise. Blue water, great beaches, amazing food, luxury resorts, a place to get lost and find yourself again like Julia Roberts did in Eat Pray Love. The place to be for surfers, influencers, digital nomads and models. But is that the real Bali? No.
The majority of Bali’s inhabitants live under the poverty line. In remote villages, many locals still work as farmers. The rice fields might look like a dream on Instagram, but in reality, working in a rice paddy is hard labor.
On top of that, some residents still lack access to clean water, education, and other basic needs.
While you might think that tourism is helping these people by boosting the economy, the money coming in from the tourism industry however is not trickling down to those who need it most. Instead. it’s raising the prices of basic commodities, making it even harder for some to survive.
The Sahaja Sawah Foundation is helping the nine villages around the resort by building schools, bridges, rebuilding houses, providing clean water filters and creating new opportunities for those in need.