Fatimah’s Struggle to Support Family by Selling Snacks

Fatimah has not been able to pay the rent for two months. She still has to pay for her children’s tuition fees. The only thing she can do to support her family is by selling snacks.

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Fatimah has not been able to pay the rent for two months. She still has to pay for her children’s tuition fees. The only thing she can do to support her family is by selling snacks.

ACTNews, BANJARMASIN - Fatimah, a housewife who is a tumor survivor, must now be the breadwinner of her family. She sells traditional snacks to make a living. She lives with her mother and two children.

During Ramadan, her only source of income is the traditional snacks that she peddles every afternoon. Unfortunately, her income has also been decreasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, she has not been able to pay her rent for two months

In addition, she also does not have enough money to support her children’s education. She must pay IDR 800,000 for her eldest child’s education in a kindergarten. “I have no idea what to do,” she said, Monday (5/18).

After Fatimah’s story, ACT South Kalimantan visited Fatimah’s residence in South Banjarmasin on Monday (5/18). At that time, Fatimah was cooking pais cake to be sold. She was busy wrapping the cake in banana leaves, while his mother was watching the steamer. "I used to produce 600 packs a day. Now I can only make 300 packages," explained Fatimah whose sales were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the increasing number of competitors during Ramadan.

ACT South Kalimantan visited Fatimah’s house to provide financial assistance to pay rent, school fees, and staple food packages. Retno Sulisetiyani from the ACT South Kalimantan Program Department said that the assistance was expected to ease the burden on Fatimah's family, especially during the pandemic. "Hopefully, it can ease the burden on Mrs. Fatimah's family," hoped Retno, Monday (5/18).

Towards the end of this Ramadan, ACT South Kalimantan and other ACT branch offices continue to intensify the generosity to the community, especially those affected by the outbreak. In addition to the poor and needy, ACT South Kalimantan also handed over the Eid packages to journalists in Kalimantan in collaboration with Pertamina. []

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