ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY – After her first marriage ended, Susi Rahayu started a new beginning. The mother of four children then married a man of her parents' choice. Having been previously well-off, Susi had to start from scratch by selling chicken noodles and meatballs with the help of her husband.
Sadly, things went south as she finally sees her husband’s true characteristics. He got involved in gambling and drug abuse. She was so deeply ashamed to the point that she chose to resign from an Islamic organization in which she was a volunteer.
Not only that, Susi's husband also left her when she was pregnant with her sixth child and breastfeeding her fifth child. Only when her husband had left did she know that he, too, has gotten into debts from moneylenders.
While being pregnant, she had to work hard to pay off his husband’s debts and support her children. She is often assisted by her eldest son, a 20-year-old who works as an online motorcycle taxi driver. Susi had no source of income, so she had to sell pieces of equipment that she previously used to sell her chicken noodle.
The cart that she used to use to sell chicken noodles. She had sold all other pieces of equipment to make ends meet. (ACTNews)
"It was quite difficult for me to sell chicken noodles because I use most of my money to feed my children. I then became a household assistant. Masha Allah, at one point of my life, I used to hire a household assistant. I never dreamt of being one myself, but it does not matter as long as it gives me a halal (lawful, decent) income," she told Global Wakaf-ACT on Saturday (7/17/2021).
While being a household assistant, she was also trying to find a side job. Unluckily, there were no job vacancies for a forty-year-old woman like her. Besides, she still has to take care of her youngest child. She then decided to stay at home while making chicken noodles to order. She lived on the help of neighbors, friends, and acquaintances.
"If we don't have money, my kids and I fast. We often break our fast at 10 p.m. only with tea and sugar. One day, my child asked, 'Mother, when are we done fasting? Isn’t the Ramadan over already?’ Masha Allah. We had nothing we can eat," said Susi.
Susi Plans to Open a Grocery Shop
“Many have assured me that the test I go through is a form of Allah's love for me. Maybe some people don't experience the test as I do, but I'm still grateful in any condition, “said Susi.
With people's trust and support, Susi never loses hope as she believes that Allah’s help is indeed near. From the assistance given by people around her, she’s currently setting up a new business: a grocery shop that she can run from home.
Susi's capital is currently limited, so it's not enough to buy many kinds of items to sell. To help her, Global Wakaf-ACT provided business capital for Susi through the Waqf for MSMEs program.
“Alhamdulillah, I am very grateful to Global Wakaf-ACT who not only works in humanitarianism but also in business empowerment. May Allah increase your blessing. I hope that this assistance can be useful for my business. My family and I are very grateful to Global Wakaf-ACT and its team,” concluded Susi.