"I've come to realize the importance of having a skill, so you may have more opportunities in life."
Made Budhi Yasa learnt the silversmith's craft from his wife, an experienced jeweler. "There are many people in my community, including neighbors, who were unable to finish their studies due to financial reasons. Some have had to resort to begging on the streets. Based on my experience learning to work with silver, I decided to teach them what I knew. I've come to realize the importance of having a skill, so you may have more opportunities in life.
"I decided to adapt a workshop in my house so I could teach those who wanted to learn free of charge. I want to share my experience with others so that they can learn and have better opportunities to provide for their own families.
"Balinese wisdom says 'there is no second chance for the person who has a strong will.' We must move on and help others by doing good things.
"My hope is to preserve the legacy of all artisans, as well as the quality of their work. I work together with a team of active artisans, as well as my wife and a few more people from my neighborhood. I keep thinking about expanding my work by creating new designs.
"By purchasing our collections through Novica's website, you're not just helping me, but at the same time you will be helping other families to have the opportunity to learn and work with us, in order to reach a better quality of life."