New Cart Brings New Hope to Purwanto’s Business

The pandemic has had a major impact on Purwanto's business. Selling traditional Indonesian meat soup or soto, he can only sell 3 to 5 portions a day.

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Purwanto tries a new cart he receives from Global Wakaf-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, CIMAHI –Leuwigajah Street in Cimahi is the place where Purwanto (51) and his wife sell their soto, an Indonesian traditional meat soup. Selling soto has been their only source of livelihood after Purwanto was laid off because the company where he worked went bankrupt.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Purwanto’s source of income has been severely impacted. He can only sell about three to five portions. Sadly, he can’t improve his business nor try opening a different business due to the lack of capital.

Living in Lembur Sawah Hamlet in South Cimahi, currently, Purwanto has to support three children and a wife. He lives in a housing unit provided by his former workplace. As the company went bankrupt, only a few inhabitants remain, including Purwanto. His house is decrepit, with some parts of the building needing repairs. In addition, Purwanto can be expelled any time by the factory for whom he used to work.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Cimahi visited Purwanto when he and his wife were working selling soto. The team bought up all of his goods.

A few days later, the team visited him again to give him a cart that he can use to sell his goods from the Productive Business Waqf program. Purwanto and his family were happy and grateful for the assistance. Purwanto plans to sell fried foods because they will sell better.

"Alhamdulillah, with this new cart from Global Wakaf - ACT, I can sell fried foods around," said Purwanto.

Productive Business Waqf itself is one of the programs that Global Wakaf-ACT presents for MSME owners impacted by the pandemic. Through the provision of business capital and mentoring, it is hoped that these MSME owners can increase their business capacity.[]