After our first big order, we bought land and built our factory from the ground up (literally). The factory is managed by husband and wife duo Komang and Made, who not only helped with construction, but also assisted with staffing by bringing in fellow residents from their village, Klung Kung.
Most had no experience in the garment and manufacturing business to support their professional goals—Made included. We paid for her fashion schooling, and now she is not only a master pattern maker, she’s also our Sample Manager, who truly makes all of our designs come to life.
We also developed a skill training program so that employees could develop marketable expertise in hemming, sewing, fabric-cutting, pattern-making, beading, and quality control. When we realized that women make up 85% of all garment industry workers—many of whom have children who need supervision while they’re at work—we established policies to ensure that local craftswomen could work out of their homes in order to care for their children.
We even offer loan plans so that employees can borrow company cash (which slowly gets paid back through each paycheck) to make big purchases that make their lives easier, like a motorcycle, which is the most common mode of transport in Bali. Also, all BEL KAZAN employees receive a living wage that’s 50% higher than industry average in Bali.