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Jakarta Post

Thousands in Bali live in extreme poverty

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 23 2011   /  11:56 am

Karangasem, East Bali

Despite its glamorous status as one of the world’s favorite tourist destinations, thousands of Bali residents live in extreme poverty, according to a survey.

According to the National Social and Economic Survey conducted in 2010, 174,900 of Bali’s 3.9 million residents lived in poverty, down from 181,700 in 2009.

Poverty was defined as an income of less than US$ 2 per person.

The provincial government has tried to improve poor people’s living conditions through programs that provide modest homes for free.

Ni Wayan Pugluk, also called Men Pugluk, was a recipient of such aid. On Monday she left her dilapidated bamboo hut and moved to a nearby brick house funded by the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran.

“I didn’t even have any courage to dream of having such a house,” Men Pugluk said, crying.

Her new two-room house w...