Perda’s Unfaltering Generosity During Pandemic

As the sales of her hydroponic plants plummeted, Perda, a woman from Palembang, tries to optimize her online sales. Still, things have not going quite well for her. Even so, despite the decreasing income, Perda still set aside some of her vegetables to be given to the less fortunate.

Perda’s Unfaltering Generosity During Pandemic' photo
Perda (left) in her hydroponic garden in Palembang. She continues her habit of donating her vegetables in spite of decreasing income. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PALEMBANG - The Covid-19 greatly affects many aspects of the society, from religious activities, education, to businesses, forcing everyone to adept to the new situation. Businesspeople, as part of those affected by the pandemic, must also adjust to keep their enterprises running.

Green Corner Hydroponic, a hydroponic garden located in Palembang, was one of the businesses that have to adjust to the new situation. This hydroponic garden, owned by Perda Sari Dewi, can produce vegetables every day. Previously, she used to sell the vegetables directly to the customers. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, she is now forced to sell the vegetables online, making not as much money as selling the vegetables directly to buyers.

Selling her vegetables online to keep her business running has been a challenge for her because, previously, she didn’t focus on online sales. "It is not easy to run a business in the midst of a pandemic. My income has dropped dramatically," said Perda when Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team met her, Friday (9/18).

However, there’s an interesting side of Perda’s hydroponic business. Although her income has significantly dropped since the pandemic, she never stops caring for her brothers and sisters in need by giving some of her vegetables to the less unfortunate. She also supports ACT’s National Movement of Food Alms Gathering.

"I believe that my sustenance has been written by Allah," said the Perda.

In addition to vegetables, Perda also donated some of the catfish that she breeds. Thanks to Perda’s kind donation, various kinds of vegetables such as Napa Cabbages and Bok Chois are often available at ACT South Sumatera’s Food Alms Gathering points in Palembang.

The National Movement for Food Alms Gathering was launched ACT a few months ago. The aim of this movement is to encourage people to participate in helping others through Food Alms shelves available at various points. Rahmad Aris from ACT South Sumatra Program Department invited all elements of society to contribute both in the forms of cash and noncash donations. "You can transfer the cash donation to BNI Syariah account number 66 0000 5505 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap. The funds raised will be distributed to impoverished communities in the form of food aid, "said Rahmad. []

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