ACTNews, DURI – Sisriana (45) founded a food service or catering business ten years ago. The business is not a large-scale business, but it is sufficient to meet her and her four children's daily needs. However, in recent years, the company has seen a drop in revenue and has even threatened to go bankrupt.
The Covid-19 pandemic impacted Sisriana's current business situation. "People rarely order catering during the pandemic due to limited event arrangements. They only order for family gatherings," Sisriana stated this when met at her home in Garoga Duri, Bengkalis, Riau, on Tuesday (4/26/2022).
Sisriana's test is not only a raging pandemic. Rising food prices have made Sisriana's business even more burdensome to grow. Her husband, who used to contribute to the family's finances, is now unemployed after being fired as a factory worker.
Sisriana received capital assistance from the Waqf for Micro Business Capital program, although she is on the verge of going out of business. The assistance is from the community waqf fund managed by the Global Wakaf-ACT.
"Global Wakaf has provided additional capital, Alhamdulillah. It will be put to good use, Insha Allah. I will buy some equipment to help with production," Sisriana stated.
According to Fatiyah Azizah of the Global Wakaf-ACT team, the wakif (donor) has a crucial role in this program. Waqf worship can help many sectors, including the struggling economy due to the pandemic.
"Many micro-business owners will be able to overcome adversity due to f the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis thanks to the Waqf for Indonesian Micro Businesses. Hopefully, they will be able to regain their economic independence and meet their daily needs. Let us join forces with Global Wakaf-ACT to assist struggling business owners," Fatiyah elaborated.