Lili Tries to Run Her Business with IDR 400,000

The Covid-19 pandemic has hampered Lili’s business. With only IDR 400,000 she has, she tries to keep her business afloat.

Handover of business capital assistance to Lili.
Lili, one of the recipients of Indonesian Micro Business Capital Waqf assistance. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, NORTH ACEH - Lili Sakdiah makes a living by selling cakes and other bite-sized snacks. Living in Al-Huda Hamlet, Glok Village, Syamtalira Aron District, North Aceh Regency, her business has been severely hampered by the pandemic. Before the pandemic, she received a lot of orders, making a profit of up to IDR 500,000.

Now that many gatherings and other events have been banned, she doesn’t receive as many orders as she used to. "Now meetings and conferences are held online, there haven’t been as many orders as it used to be," said Lili, Saturday (3/6/2021).

Her husband, Dahri (34), does not have a permanent job. However, Dahri is doing his best to support his family by working as a construction worker and odd jobber.

Lili and her husband have a two-month-old baby. They are working hard to ensure that they will have enough money to support their baby’s growth. "I am trying my best to continue working although I don’t earn much. With the capital of only IDR 400,000, I make a profit of IDR 65,000 at most. Sometimes it is not enough to cover our daily needs,” said Lili who often has to use her business capital to fulfill their basic needs.

Lili hoped to have a bigger business capital so that she can increase her production capacity to make ends meet.

Seeing Lili’s urgent need for capital assistance, Global Wakaf – ACT handed over business capital assistance to Lili on Friday (3/5/2021) through the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program for MSMEs affected by the pandemic.

"Thank you for this capital assistance," said Lili.

Other than Lili, similar assistance has also been given to other MSME owners in various parts of Indonesia, including areas affected by the disaster such as West Sulawesi and South Kalimantan. The business capital funded by waqf aims to support small businesses, including those affected by the pandemic. []