ACTNews, PANGKAL PINANG – The impact of public activity restriction policy during this prolonged pandemic are felt by many people including small traders who rely on crowds of people to earn income. As a result, lack of buyers and decreasing income are unavoidable.
Tok Maliki (77), a bread seller who usually peddles around Pangkal Pinang is also affected by the current pandemic. During his four years of selling bread, the sales during this pandemic have the worst result during his career.
“I usually start to sell from after the Duhr prayer until all of my bread gets sold out. Once, it just got sold out at 11 p.m. However, now I’m very happy,” said Tok Maliki in early August.
Maliki didn’t say that for no reason, because that day, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) bought up his entire merchandise through their latest program. The bread that was sold by Tok Maliki was immediately distributed to the surrounding underprivileged residents for free.
Runi, a cane ice seller in Pangkal Pinang was also very grateful after his merchandise was bought up by ACT and immediately distributed for free to the community. “Alhamdulillah, this is the first time someone has bought up my merchandise. Usually, it is only sold for IDR 5 thousand per cup,” said Runi.
Raffles Gordon from ACT Bangka Program team says that Buying Up MSMEs Merchandise is one of the programs that ACT has just launched as a solution for small-scale traders amid the pandemic. Later, all the goods purchased will be distributed to the community, especially to informal workers and underprivileged residents.
“This program can be carried out thanks to the submitted assistance from benefactors to ACT,” explain Raffles.