Sopiah's Struggle as a Single Parent

Sopiah's payment as a laundry maid is only IDR 50,000 per day. To cover her expenses, she often goes into debt or asks for help.

Sopiah receives food package aid from Global Zakat-ACT.
Sopiah receives food package aid from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TANGERANG — Being a single parent is not easy. Apart from taking care of children, single parents also have to make a living to make ends meet. Oftentimes, they have to leave the children at home and miss their time with their children.

This is what happens to Sopiah (40), a resident of Pagedangan Udik Village, Kronjo District, Tangerang Regency. She is a single parent to a seven-year-old daughter. Since her husband died three years ago, Sopiah works as a laundry maid.

“I go to work at 06.00 a.m and go back home around 10.00 a.m. When I go to work, my daughter is still sleeping. Sometimes, she is still napping when I come back from work. I go back to work at 03.00 p.m and return home at 06:00 p.m. I don’t have much time with my daughter in the morning. I left her with my in-laws,” said Sopiah when interviewed by ACTNews, Saturday (5/8/2021).

As a laundry maid, she makes only IDR 50,000 a day. She uses the money for food and tuition fee for her daughter, who is currently studying in an elementary school. If Sopiah's expenses are bigger than her income, she is forced to go into debt or ask for help from her family.

Sopiah currently lives with her in-laws in a house made of woven bamboo walls. She is grateful that she is allowed to live there even though it is a simple house. “ If my in-laws did not allow us to stay, I am not sure where my daughter and I would stay. I am still grateful even though it is a simple house,” she explained.