Becoming a Breadwinner, Merna Never Gives Up

The pandemic makes Merna’s food stall empty. The income is not stable. She tries to reduce her personal expenses as much as possible. She admitted that she needs extra money to support her business. “ I need a new loan without interest, because I still have debt installments,” hoped Merna.

Merna cleans her Nasi Uduk food stall. The pandemic was putting her business under tough conditions. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA UTARA — Life’s problems were endless.  After being left alone by her ex-husband, Merna has to face economic problems. In the midst of a pandemic, her food stall is empty.

In daily life, Merna sold nasi uduk and bottled chili sauces at her home in Semper Timur village, Cilincing, North Jakarta. She decided to sell her food at home because she could not get around anymore due to her physical condition. “My right hand is sore and could not lift heavy things and do many activities because I had angioplasty procedures before,” said Merna, Monday (3/15/2021).

Merna earns IDR 100,000 per day. She needs to pay her rent and installments fee in the amount of IDR 2,000,000.  “I need to save more in case I have to pay my medical expenses”, she said. She also needs to put aside some money to pay for transport fare every time she goes to the market.

Recently,  the pandemic put her business under tough conditions. The income becomes not stable. She tries to reduce her personal expenses as much as possible. She admitted that she needed extra money to support her business. “ I need a new loan without interest because I still have other installments,” hoped Merna

All her hard work was done for the sake of her children. Even though all her plans do not go as she expected, Merna still shares with others. Once in a while, she provides assistance whether it is a service or money to her neighbors. “We must be grateful and help each other,” said Merna.[]