04 Feb 2021
Marjanji Aceh - PT INALUM (Persero) has a Partnership and Community Development Program (PKBL) that involves MSMEs in various types of businesses. One of them is a sewing business managed by Amdhani who has been in this field for more than a decade.
Amdhani's decision to enter the sewing world came from curiosity and a willingness to learn. Previously, he had never touched sewing sewing at all. During his studies, he worked with other people then started his own sewing business from scratch. His journey started from not knowing about the world of sewing until now he has mastered all types of stitches, such as make-ups and making various styles of clothing.
The usual clothing orders he receives are official uniforms and school uniforms. The turnover at that time reached six million rupiah per month. However, their turnover has decreased because orders for official uniforms and school uniforms during the pandemic have dropped dramatically.
Even so, he did not give up on the situation. Seeing the opportunities from the pandemic, he decided to make a cloth mask. The masks he makes have two types, namely a two-layer mask for Rp. 7,000 per piece and a three-layer mask for Rp. 10,000 per piece.
Since 2019 Amdhani's sewing business has been a fostered partner of PT Inalum (Persero). Prior to partnering with PT INALUM (Persero), he did all the stitches himself. However, after partnering with Inalum, his business is getting more advanced, and he has employed two permanent workers and four freelancers who will be summoned when sewing orders boom.
Capital loan assistance of 20 million rupiah from PT INALUM (Persero) with an administration fee of 3% and without interest he used it to increase his production tools.
Not only that, Inalum also ordered 8200 cloth masks made by Amdhani to be distributed free of charge to the public as one of the efforts of the state-owned company to break the chain of spreading Covid-19, and of course also as an effort to help grow Amdhani's sewing business.
"Even though it is a pandemic, Alhamdulillah my business is still running. One door closed, another door opened. Another sustenance comes from ordering masks, ”said Amdhani.