ACTNews, BANJARMASIN - When her husband was ill in 2016, Riyanti (45) becomes her family’s only breadwinner. She had a catering business. Sadly, her husband’s medication was so expensive that she had to borrow tens of millions from the bank. Even though she has worked hard, she hasn’t been able to repay all her debts.
Nevertheless, Riyanti is doing the best she can. Several agencies and communities have been her regular customers. Alhamdulillah, I had signed contracts with several offices. My business was growing,” she told Global Wakaf – ACT South Kalimantan when the team met her at her house in Kebun Bunga Village, East Banjarmasin District, Banjarmasin City on Wednesday (9/23).
When the Covid-19 pandemic started six months ago, some of the contracts she had made were terminated before she lost all of her customers. She had to start all over again form the beginning. "Of course, it is very hard, but I have to get through all of this sincerely. Allah is the Most Kind," she said with a smile.
Recently, Riyanti admitted that she has received many orders for frozen food. However, since she did not have a freezer, she can only receive small orders. Fortunately, Riyanti’s faith in Allah was rewarded through the assistance from the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program for Global Wakaf – ACT.
From the capital assistance, Riyanti was able to purchase an asset for her business, a freezer with a capacity of 250 liters. Riyanti is optimistic that she will be able to grow her catering business to be even bigger that, in the future, will be able to raise the family’s economy. "I have wanted to have a freezer for quite a long time. Alhamdulillah, it was made possible thanks to Global Wakaf’s Waqf for Micro Business Capital," she said emotionally.
Retno Sulisetiyani, ACT South Kalimantan’s Program Coordinator, hoped that the community can participate in this program so that small-business owners like Riyanti can develop their businesses through the blessing of waqf.
"We invite generous benefactors to help business owners who are currently experiencing difficulties due to the lack of capital. With your contribution, in the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program, hopefully, we can help ease their burdens," hoped Retno.