Supporting Mak Tikem's Meatball Business

Since the pandemic broke out, Mak Tikem’s (49) meatball sales have declined. Likewise, her husband's car air conditioner repair business was forced to go out of business. However, Mak Tikem hasn't given up. She has been trying various ways to keep her business running.

Mak Tikem preparing food for her customers. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Her name is Tikem, and her neighbors often call her “Mak Tikem”. That name sticks to her and even becomes the brand of her ready-to-eat meatballs: Bakso Mak Tikem. For the last three years, she has been making meatballs to support her two children and help her husband who runs a car air conditioner repair workshop.

Since the pandemic broke out, her meatball sales has declined, and her husband car aid conditioner repair business has been out of business due to the lack of customer. He is now an online taxi driver, using a car that he rents from his nephew. “Relying on selling meatballs is not enough to make ends meet. I am often tempted to use my business capital to buy our basic needs,” said Mak Tikem when ACTNews met her in the Jagakarsa area, Thursday (9/3).

A package of Mak Tikem’s ready-to-eat meatballs. (ACTNews).

Trying to find other sources of income, TIkem has also been selling bite-sized snacks and other foods. She placed a table on which she placed the bite-sized snacks and fried foods that she sells so that the customers will be interested to buy them in addition to the meat balls. “I am trying everything to fulfill our needs,” said Mak Tikem, smiling.

At the age of nearly 50-years-old, she is still passionate about running her business and thinking how her business will grow. In the future, she plans to buy another freezer for the meatballs. "Inshaallah, if I have enough money, I want to improve my meatball business. I need a freezer so that the meatballs will be more long-lasting,” hoped Mak Tikem.

Global Wakaf - ACT supports Tikem's business so that it will not be hampered by the pandemic. Through the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program, Global Wakaf handed over capital assistance to Mak TIkem on Thursday (9/3). "We hope that the assistance that we provided today can help Mak Tikem to continue her business even in these difficult times," said Muhammad Albar from the ACT South Jakarta Program Department.

On that occasion, Albar also invited everyone to continue to support micro-business owners who lack capital and are facing challenges due to the pandemic. "We invite all generous philanthropists to help small business owners who lack capital through the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program, considering that the reinstatement of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) has also affected many business owners. Hopefully, we can help ease their burdens, "hoped Albar. []