Toyimah Works Tirelessly to Support Three Children

Toyimah (48) works double jobs every day to support her family. During the pandemic, her livelihood has been significantly impacted as the number of customers that buy her snacks decreases.

After finishing her work as a household assistant, Toyimah sells several traditional snacks for extra income. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BOGOR CITY –Toyimah (48) has to fight her exhaustion every day. She has to wake up at 3 a.m. every day to cook some traditional snacks. After everything is done, goes to her employer’s house to work as a household assistant.

She usually finishes washing and cleaning by midday. After that, she begins peddling her snacks around Jalan Padjadjaran in Bogor City. At times, she goes home by eight p.m. and still has to prepare the ingredients of the snacks she’s going to sell the next day.

This exhausting routine has been going on since 2009. Toyimah is used to working so hard for her three children, two of whom are still in school, especially after her husband passed away in 2012.

"If you ask me if I’m tired, I am tired. But I do all of this so my children can eat, go to school until they graduate," explained Toyimah to Global Wakaf – ACT who came to buy up her snacks on Monday (9/16/2021).

The pandemic only makes her struggle harder. There are only a few customers these days. She often goes home without selling all of her merchandise. "Yes, sometimes they are unsold. How can I have the capital for the next day? Who do you want to borrow from? I have no idea," added Toyimah.

On that day Toyimah was relieved because she came home with an empty basket. Global Wakaf-ACT Bogor bought up all of her merchandise. Toyimah was surprised to have all her snacks bought up. "I didn't expect it at all, Alhamdulillah," she said many times, overwhelmed with emotion.

The food was then distributed to children and daily workers around Jalan Bangbarung in Bogor City who are also struggling to make a living. After the distribution, the team took Toyimah home to rest and unwind. []