Yuli’s Rise from Economic Difficulty by Farming Fish

Yuli (36) used to sell snacks until the pandemic hit him hard. Powered by his strong will, he rose up from adverse situations by breeding fish.

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Yuli farms tilapia and catfish organically. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANYUMAS – The pandemic has hit Yuli (36)’s business hard. Having been a snack seller in schools and fairs, he was forced to go out of business and rack his brain to find ways to provide for his family.

Yuli, a resident of Karanglewas District, Banyumas Regency has always dreamt of raising fish. The current adverse situation has left him with no choice but to start a new business from scratch. After taking a loan from the bank, he built a pond and began his experiment in catfish and tilapia farming.

His first attempts came to no fruition as his pond often leaked. His first fish pond did not comply with the standards of fish farming. Also, due to the lack of capital, he did not begin with a large number of catfish and tilapia babies.

Luckily, in October 2020, Yuli met with Global Wakaf-ACT where he received capital assistance from Waqf for MSMEs program to further improve his fish ponds. "I am greatly assisted by this Waqf for MSMEs program because I can be free from interest-based loans and the pressures that I usually feel when I take loans from the bank," said Yuli on Saturday (6/17/2021).

Building additional fish ponds

Yuli then bought 300 dish babies and renovated an unused pond that his parents own. With high enthusiasm, he also joined the fish farming community and began learning more. He has also been greatly assisted by the business mentoring from Global Wakaf – ACT.

Armed with new knowledge, Yuli's business began to progress. Now, he manages three fish ponds. TO save money, he makes his own fish feed from water fern and maggots. "I save quite amount of money from making my own fish feed. I used to spend up to one kilogram of fish feed, and the cost was high," recalled Yuli.

Apart from farming fish, Yuli also produces her own fish feed organically. (ACTNews)

His organic fish was highly valued in the market. From his three fish ponds, Yuli can earn a profit of around IDR 2 to 3 million every two months. He sells his fish mostly to wholesalers who will later sell it to restaurants.

Yuli, an active board member of a nearby mosque, aspires to open an organic fish market and provide stalls for the sellers in it. To him, when running a business, he must provide the best quality for consumers. By developing an organic fish market, he can unite organic fish farmers who have similar goals. At the same time, he wants to incorporate Islamic values by producing only what is the best quality.

"There are many fish farmers who mix fish feed with human waste. The quality of the fish will be bad and it will not provide good nutrients for the consumers. That's why I started organically. I don't want to be unethical to the consumers," said Yuli.  []