Salafia Struggle to Support Family Economy

Salafia has been the breadwinner of her family since her husband was sick a few years ago. She also has to face difficulties in dealing with the current pandemic.

Salafia runs the business because her husband is sick. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PONTIANAK – Salafia's husband (51) suffered a stroke in 2018. Since then, Salafia has become the breadwinner of her family's economy. She sells soft drinks and snacks to earn income. 

“Previously, my husband worked as a driver in a palm oil company. However, now, he can no longer work. Our family’s income is from trading,” said Salafia when met by Global Wakaf-ACT, Saturday (11/6/2021).

Salafia has been selling since 1992. Previously, Salafia sold the snacks at a school near where they live in Gang Perleng, Mariana Village, Pontianak City District, Pontianak City. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have been forced to move their merchandise because schools have implemented online learning.

“I decided to sell my merchandise in front of the house. During the pandemic, of course, there is an effect on our income. Before the pandemic, usually, we could get around IDR 100,000 per day. Currently, we earn around IDR 20,000 per day. Sometimes, we earn nothing,” said Salafia. Salafia still has to meet the needs of her youngest child, who is still in junior high school. Her other three children are now working.

To help Salafia's efforts to develop her business, Global Wakaf-ACT provided financial assistance from Waqf for the MSME program. She was also grateful for the assistance, which was a mandate from these benefactors.

“Hopefully, with this capital assistance, our merchandise can grow, be a blessing and be able to meet our daily needs. Thanks also to the benefactors who have helped us grow our business. We did not expect that there would be assistance for us because we never got any help from the start," said Salafia. []