ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA – Since the pandemic, Koko, a fish ball seller in Mangunreja, Tasikmalaya Regency, has had his income decreasing. From selling fish balls, he is collecting some money for the treatment of his hernia and his wife’s stroke. Despite his illness, Koko continues selling fish balls because that is the only way he can support his family.
"I used to be able to sell out all of my goods, selling them at schools. After the pandemic broke out, activities in schools are limited, so I have to peddle further. Still, I often can’t sell them all,” said Koko.
Seeing this condition, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Tasikmalaya bought up Koko's fish balls and distributed them for free to the locals as an effort to support MSMEs like Koko. Such a program has also been held in other Indonesian regions.
“Besides Mr. Koko, there are several other MSME owners whom we support by buying up their goods and giving them financial capital. The goods that we buy are distributed to the local residents, especially informal workers like motorcycle taxi drivers and pedicab drivers,” said Diki, a volunteer of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia – Aksi Cepat Tanggap in Tasikmalaya Regency.