Erni’s Relentless Efforts to Support Family after Husband Leaves

Erni Widyaningrum (19) must support her only child alone after her husband left. She sells tahu bakso (meatball-filled tofu) to make ends meet.

Erni Widyaningrum. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YOGYAKARTA - Erni Widyaningrum (19) has to spend her youth to work had. At a young age, Erni must be the only breadwinner of her family after her husband left.

To make ends meet, Erni sells tahu bakso, or meatball-filled tofu. "I make tahu bakso at night and early dawn, and I go to the market right after fajr prayer to sell them. I usually go home at eight in the morning. I can’t go to the market later than that because it will be empty by the time I get there,” said Erni who lives at Karangwaru Lor Village, Tegalrejo, Yogyakarta City, Thursday (4/1/2021).

After returning from the market, Erni immediately prepares the tahu bakso that his father will sell around the neighborhood.  Erni’s father begins peddling at 11 a.m. and goes home at 7 p.m.

"Our income is uncertain. We can earn up to IDR 150,000 if we sell all of the tahu bakso. If there aren’t many customers, we can make IDR 70,000 at least. If there aren’t many buyers, we usually go home later than 7 p.m.,” said Erni.

As Ramadan approaches, Erni wants to increase the production of her tahu bakso to make more money.

According to Erni, Ramadan is a blessed month for food peddlers because people usually buy more. "To increase production, the capital must also be increased. My problem is that I don’t have enough capital. I hope that I will be blessed during Ramadan, and that my sales will increase so I can fulfill the needs of my family,” she hoped. []