You can find them everywhere on Bali: in front of houses, on intersections, on beaches, in shops and temples. We’re talking about Banten, traditional sacrificial offerings, which are used by Balinese Hindus nearly every day. The small offerings are labouriously made by hand, and for people like Aryati they represent their livelihood. The majority of her small stone house is dedicated to the production of Banen, which she supplies to 15 different street stalls, where the offering are then sold. It also isn’t rare that customers buy directly from her. Aryati’s husband works as a water supplier, her 10-year old daughter goes is a fourth grade student.
A number of important Hindu holidays are coming up and Aryati has the chance of selling more Banten than usual. In order to be able to manufacture these, she received a micro credit of 71€.