Mount Semeru Eruption Cuts Kristin’s Shop’s Sales by Half

Kristin has become an indirect victim of the Mount Semeru eruption. Although her shop was intact, her sales decreased by half because most of her customers lost their purchasing power

Kristin runs a grocery shop to make ends meet. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG REGENCY – Although Kristin Agustina (30)’s shop was not damaged by the eruption, her livelihood is indirectly affected by the natural disaster. The woman living in Sumber Mujur Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency lost her sales by half because many of her customers lost their purchasing power.

“Before the eruption, I could earn from IDR100 to IDR150 thousand. After the eruption, it’s only half of it," explained Kristin, Wednesday (12/29/2021).

Many of the buyers were farmers. They have not been able to return to work after their farmlands were razed by the volcanic eruption.

Sadly, the grocery shop was Kristin’s family’s only source of income because his husband was a farmer whose livelihood was also affected by the volcanic eruption.

To help her, Global Wakaf – ACT provided her with a waqf-funded business grant to rebuild her livelihood. “I will use the money to buy a gas stove because the gas stove I am currently using is a loan. I will also buy more merchandise to sell,” said Kristin.

Global Wakaf – ACT’s Waqf for MSMEs is a program that is aimed at recovering the economy of disaster-stricken communities following the volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru in early December. []