Mak Iyah Works Hard to Support Her Family After Volcanic Eruption

After the eruption, Mak Iyah's (47) income from selling tenong (woven bamboo baskets) and peyek kacang decreased, but she is still working hard to support her family.

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Every day, Mak Iyah makes woven bamboo baskets which she sells for IDR6,000 per piece. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG REGENCY – The volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru has brought a severe impact on the livelihood of the surrounding communities. Mak Iyah (47) is among those whose income has been badly affected by the natural disaster. To make ends meet, she makes and sells woven bamboo baskets and peyek kacang, a traditional Indonesian peanut brittle-like snack.

“Every day, I can make 50 to 100 packages of peyek kacang that I sell for IDR2,000 per package. For the woven bamboo baskets, I make around 5 to 7 every day. I sell it for IDR6,000 per piece," said Mak Iyah, Friday (1/14/2022).

Mak Iyah lives near Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Humanitarian Command Post in Jarit Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency. She has been the sole breadwinner of her family after her husband died 10 years ago.

Apart from selling, Mak Iyah often works as a farmworker. "Insha Allah, it is enough to fulfill my family’s needs. I also work as a farmer if someone needs my help," she said. She earns IDR35,000 per day from working as a farmworker.

Global Wakaf-ACT supports Mak Iyah's livelihood by providing business capital assistance through the Waqf for MSMEs program. Mak Iyah was grateful for this assistance. "I wish to buy raw materials. Thank you to the benefactors for supporting Global Wakaf - ACT," said Mak Iyah. []