Bread Peddler in Ambon Moved by Food Alms Gathering Point

Risnawati has been peddling bread for six years to make a living. Sadly, her income has been decreasing due to the pandemic. Previously, she was able to make IDR 80,000 to 90,000 a day. It has been more difficult for her to make ends meet.

Risnawati (right) and her child at ACT Maluku's Food Alms Gathering Point, Tuesday (10/20). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, AMBON - "Are these for sale?" asked Risnawati, who was passing by ACT Maluku’s Food Alms Gathering Point on Tuesday (10/21) afternoon. She peddles bread in the Batu Merah area, Sirimau District, Ambon City. Upon knowing that the staples are free and everyone can take it, she was moved.

Accompanied by her child, Risnawati was peddling her bread that afternoon. She working as a bread peddler for almost six years. Sadly, the pandemic has severely impacted her income. Previously, she was able to make IDR 80,000 to 90,000 a day. These days, her income is no longer enough to make ends meet.

That afternoon, she took some of the staples such as rice, cooking oil, and eggs. "Thank you, brothers and sisters for sharing the staples with me. Alhamdulillah, may Allah reward you all," said Risnawati.

Risnawati is a woman who continues to fight for her family. From selling bread, Risnawati is able to help her husband who is working as a manual laborer at the port to support their children.         

Food Alms Gathering is a philanthropic movement initiated by Aksi Cepat Tanggap in early September. This activity has been going on in several Indonesian areas, including Ambon. It invites the residents of Ambon city and its surrounding to help each other amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought also economic consequences. []