Struggling to Survive Amid Pandemic through Small Enterprises

In addition to taking care of their households, many women now have to support their families’ economy by running small-scale businesses.

Elmayanti roasting the meatballs that she sells. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BATAM – Elmayanti (39) peddles roasted meatballs to support her family’s economy. Using a simple cart, the woman from Tanjung Uncang, Batu Aji Subdistrict, Batam, goes from one place for another to sell roasted meatballs.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the situation of Elmayanti’s family. She has lost many customers. Consequently, her family’s financial condition deteriorates as her husband has also lost his job and now works as a scavenger.

For Elmayanti, selling meatballs is not only a way to meet her family’s basic needs, but also to support the treatment of one of her children who suffers from leukemia.

"The number of buyers decrease since the COVID-19 pandemic. The price of basic ingredients has also skyrocketed. But, we must struggle to fulfill our daily needs," Elmayanti told ACT Riau Islands team, Wednesday (6/10).

Elmayanti needs capital assistance to continue selling roasted meatballs amid the pandemic. In addition, she also needs money for her child’s treatment. Both her child’s treatment and the development her business have been hampered by lack of funds.

Besides Elmayanti, Baniyah (42) is also a small scale businesswoman who is trying to survive in the midst of the pandemic. The herbal medicine vendor from Baloi Indah, Lubuk Baja Subdistrict, Batam, also lost many customers due to COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the price of the raw materials has also been rising from IDR 50,000 to 100,000.

Baniyah has also been supporting her family through her small business. Her husband has been ill, and she also needs to support her parents.

Elmayanti and Baniyah are among the women who are now struggling to support their families amid pandemic. There are still thousands of other women who run small-scale businesses to support their families. []