Khoeriyah lives with her parents in a modest row house in North Jakarta overlooking a stream. After graduating from Jakarta State University where she studied fashion design, Khoeriyah first drew patterns for a clothing designer before landing a job 8 years ago with garment manufacturer PT Tainan Enterprises.
At PT Tainan, Khoeriyah works in the layout division where she prepares patterns for 16 fashion lines. As the sole breadwinner in her household, she emphasizes the importance of the income she earns at PT Tainan, saying, “My father is a retired employee from a private company and my mom is a house wife …. Having my own income means I can provide for my family because both of my parents no longer work, and while I’m still living with my parents I provide for the family – I cover all the needs of the house.”
In addition to earning an income and gaining work experience at PT Tainan, Khoeriyah adds that she has also learned about the importance of reproductive health through her job. At the suggestion of buyer ANN INC. three years ago, PT Tainan implemented the HERproject, a women-focused workplace health education program that provides trainings on topics ranging from nutrition, sanitation, reproductive health and beyond to improve the health and well-being of employees.
When asked how the reproductive health information gained through the HERproject has impacted her life, Khoeriyah responds with a smile and explains how choosing when and how many children to have will allow her to build a better life for them. She says “I can plan a better family with two kids …. First and foremost, I consider the funding for their education. Secondly, a smaller family seems to be a happier family. We can share a love that is fuller.”
In addition to using the family planning education from the HERproject in her own life, Khoeriyah adds that her knowledge about reproductive health has also helped her coworkers and neighbors, sharing that "one of my friends asked me about how to use the birth control pill and I gave her a detailed explanation on how to use birth control pills …. I also share this information with my mom at home and my mother shared [the information] with the neighbors.”
In her eight years at the factory, Khoeriyah notes that she has seen a change in her coworkers since the introduction of the HERproject. She says that “The change that I witness among my friends following HERproject is that they know more about contraception, how to plan their number of children, family planning, how to use contraception, and prevention of HIV.”
For Khoeriyah, the information she and her coworkers receive about reproductive health is about more than simply health care - it’s about empowering themselves to plan their lives and build better lives for their children. As Khoeriyah puts it, “Family planning is important. Most importantly it will help us plan a family in terms of number of children, and how to provide support for the children, especially support for their education, and also to provide better care and more love for the children.”