Sumarni Works Hard in Jakarta to Make Her Family in Village Happy

Sumarni told ACTNews that her income has decreased drastically during the Emergency PPKM. Currently, her income is only IDR 50 thousand a day. Sometimes, she can't sell all of her merchandise.

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Sumarni (61) sells bubur sumsum in Mangga Dua, Jakarta. She has been selling since 1996, (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Sumarni (61) is one of millions who have to try their luck in Jakarta. Every day, she peddles her homemade rice pudding or bubur sumsum by walking around the Mangga Dua area, Jakarta. She goes through neighborhoods and narrow alleys to sell it to her customers.

Sumarni has been selling bubur sumsum since 1996. With her husband's permission, she moved to Jakarta. Her husband has suffered from a severe illness for a long time and cannot work. Every day, she saves the money from her sales to be sent to her family in Klaten, and the rest she uses to meet her daily needs in Jakarta.

However, it has been about two weeks since the government implemented the Java-Bali Emergency Public Activity Restriction Enforcement (Emergency PPKM). This policy has impacted her livelihood as her income continues to decrease.

Lately, Sumarni only earns IDR 50 thousand per day. She is frequently unable to sell all of her rice pudding. "The implementation of Emergency PPKM makes it a bit difficult to earn money. However,  Alhamdulillah, I can still get IDR 50 thousand a day," said Sumarni on Monday (7/19/2021).

The implementation of Emergency PPKM aims to curb the spread and reduce the active cases of Covid-19 by limiting the activities.

This regulation has affected all elements of society, such as employees, online motorcycle taxi drivers, and MSME owners, including Sumarni.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), through Free Food Operation supported by Humanity Food Truck, distributed hundreds of ready-to-eat meals to residents of Mangga Dua Selatan. Sumarni was one of the beneficiaries.

She seemed happy to receive food aid from Indonesian benefactors, which was distributed through ACT. She also conveyed her gratitude and hopes that Indonesia will recover from the pandemic.

“Thanks to ACT for this delicious and nutritious food. I rarely eat delicious food like this. I am grateful today for the food assistance. We hope that this pandemic will end soon, and we will recover," she said. []