Bali Sewing for Living Project
Jun 23, 2022
Marion Hook
Bali Sewing for Living Project

 Sewing for Living

In 2019, before the pandemic began, then President of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS], Kartika [Tika] Dewi, launched a new program. Called Sewing for Living, it teaches local women to sew using sewing machines and to crochet. Balinese women have always had multiple jobs: take care children and family, doing all the housework, providing help to the community, and assisting at temple and cultural events, among other duties.  It is important for women to make their own money, not only for their self-esteem, but to enable each of them to support her entire family. Sewing For Living teaches marketable skills that women can use from their homes.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of these women are the sole providers for their families.

Thanks to Tika, Rotary Club of Seaford Australia stepped forward to donate sewing machines. In 2021, RCBUS introduced crochet lessons to Sewing for Living.  They quickly discovered that yarn was scarce and expensive in the local markets, so they reached out to Rotary Clubs Tucson Sunrise and New Tampa Noon in the United States who both donated financial support, fabric, and boxes of yarn.  Private citizens from Australia and the US also donate yarn.

Rotary Club E-Cologne in Germany is also involved.  They supply vital markets for the items that the Sewing for Living women produce.  The holiday season found E-Cologne staffing a Christmas Market where attendees could donate to Sewing for Living and receive a gift of a handmade item in return.  The money donated went directly to the women who crocheted and sewed the items in the market.  People in Bali also purchase handmade items which are then sent to charities in Australia, in Rocky Point in Mexico, and in the US.

Marion Hook – Bio

Marion has lived in Eastford, Connecticut; Elkins, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jakarta, Indonesia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Tucson, Arizona. She currently lives in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia where she intends to stay.

Her educational background includes a degree in English literature, drama and journalism and another in education.  She has studied applied linguistics at a graduate school level longer than anyone needs to –her words.

She has been employed as a high school English teacher, a professor of communications skills in a community college, and as a director of several not-for-profits. She has been self-employed as a consultant for Board and fundraising development in the not-for-profit sector and as co-owner with her late husband, Jim, of the Adobe Rose Bed and Breakfast in Tucson, Arizona.  She currently writes an occasional article for Tucson’s DesertLeaf.

Marion just can’t resist volunteering and has been appointed to serve on over 12 Boards of Directors in three different states and one national Board in Washington, DC.  She also served on the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine, the advisory board of the School of International Business at Duquesne University, and served on both the Small, Minority and Women-owned Business Commission for the City of Tucson and the Pima County Small Business Commission.

Marion has two daughters, one who lives with her family in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania, Australia, and one who lives with her husband in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.