Ups and Downs Faced by Small-Business Owners in Banjarmasin

After receiving the assistance of Waqf for Micro Business Capital from Global Wakaf - ACT, MSMEs in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan continue to make efforts to develop their businesses. Even though there have been ups and downs along the way, the enthusiasm of the beneficiaries to develop their businesses is still great.

A woman is telling the companion from Global Wakaf - ACT about his business to a companion from Global Wakaf - ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANJARMASIN - Assistance from Global Wakaf - ACT for beneficiaries of Waqf for Micro Business Capital continues. As in South Kalimantan, the assistants visited MSMEs in Banjarmasin on Thursday (12/10) and Friday (12/11), to monitor their business development during the program.

"Alhamdulillah, orders have been pouring in. I am almost overwhelmed now,” said Masitah, one of the beneficiaries who runs a food business. She admitted that she was a bit tired that day, but Masitah didn’t take a day off that day.

Susyanti, a woman who runs a grocery store, has also been thankful for the development of her business. "Alhamdulillah, I spend IDR 1.5 million a day for the items that I sell," said Susyanti. She no longer needs to deal with the bank for business capital.



A beneficiary is filling a form during mentoring. (ACTNews)

But not all beneficiaries were telling happy stories. Although her business is running smoothly, Sumarsih, for instance, has recently been struck by a calamity as a storm damaged the roof of her house. Due to the severe weather, some of these businesswomen have also been falling ill, such as Noorhidayati, who even had to close her business for 5 consecutive days.

There were ups and downs for some of the beneficiaries. However, according to Retno Sulisetiyani as the Global Wakaf Program - ACT South Kalimantan Program Coordinator, the beneficiaries are still actively participating in this program.

"As the assistants reported, Alhamdulillah, so far several businesses that take part in this program activities have been running smoothly and actively. Some of them even said there was an increase in their income. Many of them showed positive response during mentoring period and appreciated the mentoring activities for the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program, ”said Retno.

The beneficiaries have also begun to repay the waqf capital funds. Retno hoped that this program could continue and expand, especially in South Kalimantan. "Because the assistance we provide is not only capital assistance, but also mentoring to help the development of these businesses, especially in this difficult time. We are inviting philanthropists to further expand the benefits of this program. The best waqf can be channeled through Indonesia Dermawan website or transfer to BNI Syariah bank account at 66 00000 426," said Retno. []