ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – The pandemic has made it difficult for many MSMEs to sell their products, leading to the decrease in their income and the difficulty to meet their food needs. The Indonesian Central Statistics Agency (BPS) survey in July 2020 stated that 8 out of 10 MSMEs tend to experience a decline in demand because customers are also affected by Covid-19, and 62.21 percent of MSEs face financial constraints.
Global Wakaf-ACT is committed to helping MSMEs to get out of their difficulties. According to the President of Global Wakaf N. Imam Akbari, MSMEs are a pillar of the nation's economy whose resilience has been tested in dealing with crises.
Imam continued, many MSMEs had raised white flags, signing that they can no longer bear the hardship. However, we as fellow Indonesians must continue to strengthen them with various humanitarian actions to rebuild their optimism.
"Indonesia is red and white. It means that we who are still given by Allah enough wealth to be able to help should work together so that small traders or MSMEs affected by Covid-19 can continue to carry out their activities as the breadwinners and heroes of their families," said Imam, Friday (8/13/2021).
To help MSMEs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Global Wakaf-ACT provides support through three main aspects. First, as Imam mentioned, Global Wakaf – ACT will buy up their goods and distribute them to those in need. Second, Global Wakaf – ACT also provides usury-free business capital for these MSMEs. Third, Global Wakaf – ACT also holds business mentoring for the MSME owners so their businesses can grow.
With these three main movements, Global Wakaf-ACT invites community leaders, wealthy people, and public figures to work together to help MSMEs affected by the pandemic.
"Being good human beings are not enough because according to the Messenger of Allah, the best human being is he who benefits others. With an organized movement, Global Wakaf-ACT believes that a small movement in society can become a big force and have an impact on many people," he said.
Every day, Global Wakaf-ACT targets to buy up and provide capital for 1,000 MSMEs throughout Indonesia and provided them with business training so that their businesses can expand.
According to Ustaz Ahmad Faris BQ, the movement to buy up MSMEs’ goods and provide capital for them is in line with Islamic values and is supporting the revival of civilization. As Allah says in the Qur'an, those who are entitled to be helped are those who work but are still unable to make ends meet, not those who beg.
Influencers Edwin and Jodi at the launch of the program. Global Wakaf-ACT targets to buy up goods from as many as 1,000 MSMEs per day. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)
“To whom should the best infaq (charity) be given? To people who struggle in the way of Allah. They are struggling but not begging. Their struggle is hindered by the lack of capital; they lack the strength. They are small traders who try to make a living. They don’t beg because they feel ashamed to do it,” said Ustaz Faris.
Ustaz Faris continued, when we support the movement, we are honoring these MSMEs because they don’t beg. Prophet Muhammad said, the upper hand (giving) is better than the lower hand (begging).
“The upper hand is better than the lower hand. Let us protect their dignity. We don't want them to beg. We don't want fellow Muslim brothers and sisters to live in destitution. It's really sad if there are activities that foster the culture of begging. We have to come with ideas of how to give charity to others without marring their honor so that the recipients don’t feel ashamed,” he explained.