ACTNews, SIGI - Since the earthquake that rocked Palu, Sigi, and Dongala in 2018, many of the locals are still economically recovering. They have been making efforts to get back on their feet.
Among those who are struggling to rebuild their livelihood are the women living in the Integrated Community Shelter in Langaleso Village, Dolo District, Sigi Regency. They form business groups, each consisting of 20 members. They make deep fried shallots and sell them to the community.
Sadly, due to the pandemic that started in early 2020, the deep fried shallot production was temporarily halted. This has been severely affecting the livelihood of the local women who depend on selling fried shallot to make ends meet, including Nuraeni (38), a mother of three.
"The production was temporarily halted because the fried shallot buyers are mostly restaurants, and these restaurants have been closed lately. Therefore, the production of fried shallots by Nuraeni and her colleagues cannot continue," said Sisi Nursam Labaso who leads the fried shallot making program in the ICS Langaleso.
Luckily, although her business was temporarily stopped, Nuraeni can rely on her husband's income who works odd jobs. Although the fried shallot production has been resumed, their profit has been significantly decreased.
"The production was halted because we are not allowed to gather in a crowd. In addition, we cannot market our products, so we sell the deep fried shallots only to our people living around the ICS. We can't ship the deep fried shallots to other regions. Our sales decreased by 70%," Sisi revealed.
To support the fried shallot making business manned by Nuraeni and 19 of her colleagues, Global Wakaf - ACT handed over the Waqf for Micro Business Capital assistance on Sunday (9/13) to buy raw materials and to finance their marketing.
The symbolic hand over of the Waqf for Micro Business Capital assistance. (ACTNews)
"We truly hope that this capital assistance will be very beneficial for them in the midst of the pandemic. May this program help the business to recover. Therefore, we are inviting all generous donors to assist them through this program. With your support, we all hope that their wealth can improve," she said.