Story of a Barber Man from Garut Whose Customers Keep Decreasing

“Currently, I lack customers. I only shaved two people until now. Before the pandemic, I used to shave 20 to 25 customers. Now, I can only shave 10 people at most,” said Hilman, a barber man in Tangerang, Banten.

Covid-19 pandemic.
Hilman relies on his shaving kit and combs to make a living far away from his hometown. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TANGERANG CITY – The sunlight and the noise of vehicles greeted ACTNews Team at a barbershop on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, right across Istiqomah Mosque, Tangerang City, Banten. There is a shop board that says "Asli Garut" (Original from Garut) or shortened to "Asgar".

Hilman (23), the barber man of the shop was sitting in pensive waiting for a customer who never came. “Currently, I lack customers. I only shaved two people until now. Before the pandemic, I used to shave 20 to 25 customers. Now, I can only shave 10 people at most,” said Hilman, Thursday (8/12/2021).

The man who came from Garut Regency, West Java, has been working for eight years as a barber man since he was graduated from middle school.

In running his barbershop, Hilman takes turns with his father, Ujang. “Currently, my father is in Garut. We take turns in running the barbershop. I usually work for two weeks here, then my father for the following month,” said Hilman.


Hilman reveals that he and his father only work as barber men since the shop and its equipment are owned by other people. “This shop is owned by other people, I and my father just work as barber men here. The owner has trusted us to manage the barbershop here,” Hilman explained.

The lack of customers due to the pandemic has decreased Hilman and Ujang's income by up to 50 percent. The income is divided up for food needs and paying rent. "We pay the rent twice a year. It’s IDR 6 million every six months. In total, we pay for IDR 12 million for a year, “said Hilman.

Now, Hilman can only hope for more customers who come to shave at his barbershop as before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

During their visit, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Tangerang City delivered Waqf Rice and Waqf Drinking Water to Hilman. “Alhamdulillah, hopefully, this can be a blessing for them. Moreover, Kang Ujang also regularly sends alms through Kencleng Kemanusiaan. He once said that his customers were more delighted with the Waqf Drinking Water facility at his barbershop,” said Deni Sukirman, a volunteer of ACT Tangerang City.[]