Mak Ijah and Iis’ Unwavering Spirit Amid Declining Finance

Small businesses often have no choice but to continue struggling stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Such is also the case with Mak Ijah and Iis, two women from West Java who works as a peddler and tailor respectively.

Ijah (65) peddles fried food through the settlements for living. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANDUNG, GARUT - Ijah (65) peddles fried snacks from one place to another. Every day, she walked from her house in Cikutra Village of Cibeunying Kidul District, Bandung City. She walks around her village to sell her fried snacks.

Previously, she sells vegetables using a small cart, but her business didn’t go smoothly because many of her customers didn’t pay their debts. To keep surviving, Mak Ijah now sells fried snacks on foot, carrying a large basin on her hed.

"Sometimes I do feel tired. Inshallah, this is a halal job,” said Mak Ijah when Global Wakaf - ACT West Java team met her in early October. Because of the pandemic, there aren't many buyers lately. Many have been prioritizing to buy basic supplies and health supplies. Sadly, Ijah has no choice but to keep peddling.

Another woman who is facing the same difficulty was Iis (36), a resident of Simpangsari Village, Cisurupan District, Garut Regency who works as a home-scale tailor. Her business, too, has lost many customers because many people now prefer to buy their clothing online.