1. Sewing For Living in Bali | LAYC61 Isabel Alexander 55:19

A tapestry of connections

It all began with a single ball of yarn that got tied to the passion of a small but tight knit group of Rotarians, both locals and expatriates, living in Bali.

An idea to help women earn money while they fulfilled all their cultural and traditional duties, was stitched together and has become a sustainable economic blanket with ties stretching now to multiple continents.   

The project is called Sewing For Living and is recognized by Rotary International.

Before the pandemic began, the President of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset had an idea to teach local women to use sewing machines, allowing them to work from home and supplement their family income.

Balinese women have always had multiple jobs: caring for children and family, doing all the housework, providing help to the community, assisting at temple and cultural events, among others.

It is vital for women to make their own money, not only for their self-esteem, but to enable them to help support their family and community. 

Many women are sole providers for their families, a statistic that dramatically increased during the Covid-19 pandemic when tourism, the number one employer, shut down for several years. Local economies were in serious trouble.

The project, aptly named; Sewing For Living, teaches marketable skills that women can use from their homes.  

Thoughtfully, Rotary Club Ubud Sunset expanded the project to teach the women business skills beyond making artisanal and seasonal products, and worked to open up new international markets for the goods produced by the village women. 

With true Lift As You Climb spirit, the Balinese women now also give a hand up to an environmental issue and support rescue of endangered orangutans from threatened rainforest habitats.

When a Sewing for Living crocheted orangutan is sold, 50% of the money goes directly to the woman who created it.  The other 50% goes to the Long Sam Program, an environmental program working to restore the rainforests in Kalimantan and rescue the orangutans who live there.



  • To allow Balinese women financial independence
  • To create a skilled, female workforce for businesses in Bali
  • To raise the level of self-esteem of Balinese women


  • To teach Balinese women to use a sewing machine so they can work independently from their homes
  • To teach Balinese women to crochet and to knit
  • To create skilled workers who can be hired by businesses to do piece work in their homes






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Isabel Alexander

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Dynamic, self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander Banerjee cultivated an award winning, $10 million+ global chemical wholesale business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.