About 3.35 million people live on the 4,725 km² large island of Lombok. In contrast to agriculture, tourism on the island is of subordinate importance. Therefore, the people concentrate mainly on the cultivation and sale of rice, vegetables and spices.
One of them is Bakri. After having had some negative experiences, our micro-borrower Bakri (32 years old) decided to open his own business. Bakri wanted to own his own house and relieve his parents financially, which is why he first tried his hand as a guest worker. However, when he was tricked by a personnel company, he lost hope of achieving his goal. Yet Bakri did not allow himself to be defeated and, after long consideration which business he could start, he opened the sale of vegetables and staple foods with a capital stock of 1,000,000 Rp. (approx. 66 €).
Since the men of the strictly conservative village are ashamed to sell vegetables, this usually is an occupation for women. Therefore, many villagers considered him completely unsuitable for that job. But Bakri was not misled by this and currently makes a profit of about 25,000-50,000 Rp. (1,56 – 3,13 euro) a day. Due to his limited capital he can only offer a limited assortment. He also lacks exhibition and storage facilities, which is why Bakri displays the products in boxes on the floor. Unfortunately, this means that the products get damaged more quickly or even become unusable.
With a micro-credit of 1.000.000.000 Rupiah (approx. 66 €) Bakri now expanded his assortment and bought shelves in which he can store and present his goods in a better way.