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Smile for Life

Cooperative Established to Help Widows and Surviving Children of the Bali Bombing.

(7/19/2004) Tourist visitors to Bali should add a "shopping stop" at one of the Island's newest Kuta area shops the Adopt a Co-Op Shop located on Gang Ronta, just off Gang Poppies II in Kuta.

An unassuming small store front tucked away on a back street of Kuta, the Adopt a Co-Op Shop is operated by a group of women thrown together by their shared widowhood in the aftermath of the Bali bombing of October 2002. Husbands - who worked as waiters, barmen, security guards and drivers and whose lives were extinguished in a moment of senseless violence - left behind a large group of wives and dependent children whose already humble economic circumstances became dire after the loss of their main breadwinner.

Assisted through a donation drive headed by David Wedd and Moira from the Pacung Indah Restaurant, the women acquired sewing machines, training, a workshop and eventually a retail outlet in Kuta's busy shopping area.

The shop opens daily from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and sells T-shirts, polo shirts, calico bags and other items made by the widows and their new sewing machines.

Eager to move on with their lives and provide the best for their children, the widows of the Bali bombing hope you'd visit their new shop and consider purchasing their competitively priced merchandise.

 

More information: http://www.pacungbali.com/adopta