Hawkers Couple Successfully Send Their Son Into Law School

“We don't need to have a lot of money and assets to make our children successful. We have to believe that we can make our children successful. Allah will lead the way. Parents may live in hardship, but our children should not live in hardship,” said Rostina, a hawker and mother of Muhammad Hokiyansyah who successfully studied at the Faculty of Law.

Cahyono and Rostina
Cahyono and Rostina peddle their sales on Jalan Veteran, Tangerang City, Banten. (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

ACTNews, TANGERANG CITY – A hawker seller couple, Cahyono (53) and his wife Rostina (48), never thought that they would be able to take their eldest child, Muhammad Hokiyansyah, into studying at the Faculty of Law.

Cahyono and Rostina have to face ups and downs to prioritize quality education for their four children. When their eldest son managed to enter the Faculty of Law, both of them had to work hard to meet the tuition fees.

“I once met with the Dean asking for an extension of the payment (tuition fees). I needed another IDR 5 million to pay for college. I borrowed IDR 2 million from a moneylender. The installments were IDR 100 thousand per day. I work hand in hand with my wife to pay the installments. I also borrowed IDR 2 million from my sibling, who works as a teacher. I could collect another IDR 1 million within a month. Alhamdulillah, my son can continue his studies until now,” said Cahyono.

Currently, his eldest son Muhammad Hokiyansyah or often called Oki has helped the family's economy by working in a factory in Tangerang City, while attending night classes.

"Maybe, he (Oki) feels sorry to see his parents selling on the street while he only studies at college without helping his parents. He decided to apply for a job. I helped him to make more than a hundred application letters. He was accepted. Alhamdulillah, now he has been working for a year,” said Cahyono.

Now, Oki is in his fifth semester at law school. For Cahyono and Rostina, their eldest son has a good and simple personality, also eager to study while working to help the family's economy.

“Now, I no longer pay for tuition fees because Oki helps pay for it. Alhamdulillah, can reduce the burden of education costs. Oki also pays for the school needs of his younger siblings who are still in high school and junior high school,” said Cahyono.

Living in a poor family does not become a barrier for Cahyono and Rostina's four children in making achievements. Oki has received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Culture because he has a Cum Laude Grade Point Average (GPA).

“Oki got an A in every subject, except for one subject he got B. His younger siblings study at favorite schools in Tangerang City. My second and third children study at SMA 8, while my youngest studies at SMP 9. My children should not suffer like their parents. That's why I'm excited to send my children to school," he said.

Education is Cahyono and Rostina's priority amid limitations. “We don't need to have a lot of money and assets to make our children successful. We have to believe that we can make our children successful. Allah will lead the way. Parents may live in hardship but our children should not live in hardship. Every parent wants their child to be successful in any way as long as it is halal. We have to help each other earn a living so that the children become successful," said Rostina.