ACTNews, MAMUJU - The earthquake that rocked West Sulawesi in mid-January had a severe impact on the community. Apart from destroying buildings and public infrastructure, it also hampered the economy of the locals. Not to mention that the earthquake happened while the Covid-19 is still ongoing.
Among the informal workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic was Dedi (38), a shumay seller on the side of Mamuju-Topoyo road in Batupapan Hamlet, Bambu Village, Mamuju. He also peddles his merchandise around the surrounding neighborhoods to provide for her wife and two children.
Dedi's shumay turnover has dropped dramatically since the Coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. The recent earthquake only compounded his economic difficulties.
"Since the pandemic, my income has dropped drastically. My wife now sells snacks as an additional source of income," said Dedi, Thursday (2/11/2021). Dedi's wife, Liana (32) sells grilled meatballs on the side of Mamuju-Topoyo road from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Dedi and Liana were among the survivors of Mamuju earthquake whose house was devastated by the earthquake. The wall on the right side of the house had collapsed and hasn’t been renovated. The rest of the house was prone to collapsing if another earthquake happens.
Waqf for Indonesian Micro Business
Global Wakaf – ACT takes part in the post-disaster recovery process, including by providing business capital through the Waqf for Indonesian Micro Businesses program for small businesses affected by the disaster. Dedi is one of the beneficiaries of this program. On Friday (2/12/2021), Global Wakaf-ACT handed over the assistance with the hope that Dedi’s economic condition can further improve.
"Capital assistance is one of Global Wakaf-ACT's economic recovery programs to rebuild Mamuju and Majene," explained Raka Ginanjaya Gumelar from Global Wakaf-ACT Program Team in West Sulawesi, Saturday (2/13/2021).