Keeping Rahyono's Spring Rolls Fresh Despite Decreasing Sales

Since the pandemic, many of Rahyono's (39) lumpias (spring roll) have not been sold. He hopes to have a refrigerator to make his merchandise last longer amid economic decline.

Most of Rahyono's customers are students. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, KUDUS – Rahyono (39) usually peddles around selling lumpias (spring roll). He has been selling since three years ago. He modified his motorbike with a stove in the back. Most of his customers are children. Hence, he often stops by from one school to another.

"Alhamdulillah, my income is enough for a month. Per month, my family expenses are around IDR 1 to 1.5 million,” said Rahyono when met by the Global Wakaf-ACT Team at his residence in Gribig Village, Gebog District, Kudus Regency, Saturday (7/3/2021).

During the pandemic, schools are closed because the students are studying online. Rahyono's customers decreased a lot which resulted in his merchandise not being sold. “If it doesn't sell during the day, it won't be in good condition anymore. These spring rolls don't last long," explained Rahyono.

If Rahyono has a refrigerator, this will not happen. Therefore, Rahyono plans to buy a refrigerator to ensure that his products can remain in good condition even if it is not sold out on the same day.

Global Wakaf-ACT provided business capital assistance to Rahyono through Waqf for the MSMEs program. This program is expected to improve Rahyono's business, which is currently constrained by the lack of equipment. "Hopefully, with this assistance, I can buy a refrigerator. Hence, I can stay profitable during the pandemic," said Rahyono.

Three other people received assistance from Waqf for the MSMEs program that day. This program is the driving force of the Together Uplift Indonesian MSMEs movement to re-establish MSMEs as the crucial sector of the nation's economy. []