Acim’s Creativity Helps Him During Pandemic

In spite of the pandemic that has severely affected Acim’s sustenance, he never gives up. In addition to selling vegetables and fruits, he makes and sells handicrafts.

Acim at his house in Gunung Putri, Bogor. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BOGOR - Acim (58) lives in a wooden house full of handicrafts that he makes. The lot outside his house was filled with the scraps with which he makes his handicrafts. Some of his unfinished works were also seen: a pair of puppets, bamboo curtains, and others. 


"My hobby is to make handicrafts that I can sell,” said Acim while showing his works. At that time, Global Wakaf-ACT was visiting Acim at his house in Karanggan Village, Gunung Putri District, Bogor Regency, Saturday (3/6/2021).


Selling handicrafts has been one of his ways to make a living. He now lives alone as his three children have all grown up and moved out. He is still working by selling fruits and vegetables every day because he doesn’t want to burden his children.

 

"I sell things that are widely available around here such as cassava leaves and bananas,” explained Acim.



Acim sells fruit and vegetables taken from nearby gardens. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)


Ancim admitted that, recently, his business had experienced difficulties because of the pandemic. It has been difficult for him to peddle his merchandise because many neighborhoods had been locked down. 


In addition, his income has drastically declined up to 50 percent. Sometimes he did not sell all of his merchandise. "Sometimes, I can’t sell all of my fruits and vegetables despite having worked for the whole day. Usually, it takes only half a day for my merchandise to sell out,” said Acim. He hopes that his business can resume after the pandemic.


Supported by the National Food Alms Movement


The National Food Alms Movement provided initial support for Acim by giving him a sack of rice from the Waqf Distribution Center in Gunung Putri.


"This is a form of support from us. As we all know, at the time of the pandemic, many are experiencing food shortages. To overcome that, we are channeling aid to the beneficiaries that include not only poverty-stricken families but also Islamic boarding schools, as well as Indonesian armed and police forces. This is our appreciation for those who have guarded and served the community,” said Arief Ragil of the Waqf Distribution Center.


ACT will continue to expand the reach of the National Food Alms Movement throughout the country. Therefore, Arif invited the community to contribute. 


"This is the result of your generosity. Please help us with your best alms so that more of our brothers and sisters can be supported," said Arif. []