Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic, Sri’s Business Lacks of Customers

After their stalls in a tourist attraction in Yogyakarta were running low on customers, Sri Puji Lestari (42) and her husband decided to peddle around to fulfill their income which has drastically decreased.

Sri receives business capital assistance from Global Wakaf.
Sri receives business capital assistance from Global Wakaf. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANTUL – the Gembira Loka Zoo in Yogyakarta used to be the place for Sri Puji Lestari (42) and her husband to gain their income. The couple from Singosaren Village, Banguntapan District, Bantul City was selling the typical souvenirs of Yogyakarta in their two rented stalls around the Gembira Loka Zoo. their income used to be enough to fulfill their needs.

From their two rented stalls, Sri and her husband could gain IDR7 million per month. The money was enough to support the family’s living expenses as well as their children's tuition fee. However, the Covid-19 pandemic since last March 2020 has brought a great impact on the tourism sector where Sri used to rely her business on. Along with the closure of entertainment sites including tourist attractions, Sri and her family's economy began to become unstable.

"If there are many tourists, sometimes we could reach IDR100 thousand a day, but sometimes we don't get any income if there are not many tourists. During the holidays, we once earned more than IDR100 thousand, but after we sold them from 8 a.m to 6 p.m," said Sri telling the condition of her merchandise with the pandemic impact to the Global Waqf Team-ACT Yogyakarta, Thursday (6/4/2021).

Amid the reduced income, Sri and her husband have to support the life of their four children. Therefore, they can’t easily give up. Now, Sri and her husband decide to peddle around the selling goods from their stalls. Unfortunately, the result is lacking and they are thinking of finding a new way to keep their income enough to support the family.

“Now we sell dishes and fruits. My husband peddled the fruits around while I put my vegetable dishes such as sayur lodeh and stir-fries in various food stalls,” told Sri.

Until now, there are still many obstacles such as when the weather is not too friendly for us to peddle around. Oftentimes, there is no one buying Sri’s dishes. “Sometimes, when it rains, my selling lacks buyers, then it doesn't sell so we will just eat them ourselves," she said.

Accompanying Sri's efforts to raise her business again, Global Wakaf-ACT has distributed business capital assistance through the Waqf for Indonesian MSMEs program. Sri hopes that this assistance will increase her business capacity.[]