Finding a Way Out of Financial Difficulty Amid Crisis

After her wholesaling business went bankrupt and her online store was deserted by customers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Fitriana (38) is now trying to get up. She now sells ice cream and opens a grocery store. Despite having only a limited capital, her fighting spirit does not dampen.

Fitriana pushing her ice cream fridge. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAKASSAR - Since her wholesaling business went bankrupt, Fitriana (38) and her husband have been struggling. She once had an online store that became her source of income to support her family. Sadly, the sales at her online store has decreased rapidly to COVID-19. The income from her online store is far from enough to just meet their basic needs.

Currently, Fitriani and her family live in her parents-in-law's home in the Sudiang area, Makassar City. Sometimes, to meet her daily needs, she often gets help from her relatives.

Her uncle offered her to sell food at a school canteen. Unfortunately, due to the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB), the school has been temporarily closed.

Not wanting to give up, Fitriana now sells grocers and ice cream at her home. However, she now faces obstacles as she needs more capital for her business.

Fitriana received assistance from Sahabat UMI. (ACTNews)

ACT South Sulawesi team visited Fitriana's residence on Monday (6/8) to hand over capital assistance through the Friends of Indonesian Micro Businesses (Sahabat UMI) program.

"COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health hazard, but it also badly affects the economy. Both big businesses and MSMEs in Indonesia have been facing the impact,” said Andi Syurganda from ACT South Sulawesi Program Team.

Especially recently, Republika reported last Wednesday (3/6), the World Bank's senior economist, Ralph Van Doorn, projected Indonesia's economic growth would slow down to zero due to the impact of the pandemic. ACT launched the Sahabat UMI program to support micro entrepreneurs, especially mothers who are the breadwinners of their families.

"We hope that, with the assistance through the Sahabat UMI program, these small businesses will survive in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic that has not yet receded,” Andi hoped. []