ACTNews, TANGERANG CITY – There is hope and opportunity for hawkers who depend on their lives every second when the traffic light turns red. Cahyono (53), one of the hawkers on Jalan Veteran, Tangerang City, Banten, always hoped that the traffic light would turn red.
When the traffic light turned red, Cahyono swiftly peddled various merchandise: e-Toll card sticks, beard trimmers, washcloths, multipurpose glue, medical masks, and nail clippers.
“Previously, I used to trade for a long time at Blok M Terminal when there was still MetroMini. Now, I sell here since MetroMini is no longer operating. Every day, I start work after subuh prayer until the sunsets. I use Tayo Car (nickname for Tangerang City Public Transport) to go to my place of sale. I pay IDR 4,000 for a return trip," said Cahyono to ACTNews, Tuesday (8/3/2021).
He goes to work accompanied by his wife, Rostina (48), who sells ginger candy. Cahyono said that he was grateful for the income from sales. He earned a profit of IDR 100,000 a day.
“We have to be grateful for every sustenance that we get. If not, Allah will curse us. It is enough for us even though the income is small,” said Cahyono.
As a form of gratitude, Cahyono also gave charity through Kencleng Kemanusiaan (humanitarian piggy bank) of ACT. It has been three months since Cahyono brought Kencleng Kemanusiaan. He also invited drivers to give alms.
“I can afford to donate IDR 4,000 a day depending on my income. My principle is if we please people (by giving charity) we will get a reward too, right," he said.
For Cahyono, Kencleng Kemanusiaan is a way to be grateful and help people in need. According to him, many people need help, for example, victims of floods or earthquakes.
"If I have money, I put it in (donate). It will be deposited once a month through ACT. It doesn't matter how much money we donate, the most important thing is to be sincere in giving. I always remember people who are more difficult than me. I want to educate my children (in charity)," he added.