Supporting Tatang’s Business by Providing New Cart

Since quitting his job as a farmer five years ago, Tatang decided to sell cilok. Sadly, like other MSMEs, Tatang’s business has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

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By having his own cart, Tatang hopes that his business can be more productive. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, CIAMIS – Five years ago, Tatang Suherman decided to quit his job as a farmer. What he earned was too small compared to his hard work. Hence, he opted to become a street peddler.

Tatang sells cilok, an Indonesian savory snack made of tapioca,  with a cart. He travels 10 kilometers every day to provide for his family. "The cart and cilok that I sell aren’t really mine. I just sell it. I split the profit with the owner,” said Tatang when met by Global Wakaf-ACT in Cisaga Kolot Hamlet, Mekarmukti Village, Cisaga District, Ciamis Regency, last Tuesday (9/14/2021).

This pandemic poses a new challenge for Tatang’s livelihood. His income declines by half. “My cilok sales are affected. I have three children to support who are still in school. I have to pay for basic needs as well,” said Tatang.

However, Tatang never gives up working. The man who is also a preacher in his neighborhood has a strong belief in Allah. “Our efforts must be coupled with a good relationship with Allah so that Allah will always take care of us and bless us in everything we do,” explained Tatang.

Through Waqf for Productive Enterprises program, Global Wakaf – ACT supported him by giving him his own cart with the hope that it can increase his productivity.

“Alhamdulillah, thank you for the cart that I can use to sell cilok. I hope that I can sell cilok on my own without having to split the profits. May Allah reward the waqf donors and volunteers immensely," said Tatang. []

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