During our stay on the Indonesian island of Lombok, we also visit Raodah in the village of Jurit Baru. The 39-year-old’s home sits on an unpaved road, with the village mosque 50 meters away. The sun has just set and the muezzin calls to prayer, so we have to speak very loudly to understand each other. So that doesn’t get uncomfortable for her guests, Raodah quickly brings some delicious traditional cookies which we eat together.
Even at Raodah’s home, we see that the families built small bamboo huts on stilts so as not to have to sleep in their houses. The fear of earthquakes is still too great. The bamboo huts, however, are no temporary shelters. The families have laid power cables and brought their belongings.
“Everyone used to live in bamboo houses. In many rural areas, this is still the case today, “explains Juaini of Gema Alam. “After the quakes, many remembered the old ways of life. A traditional roof in a bamboo house can’t slay anyone, but a tin or tiled roof can. ”
When the muezzin finished, Raodah speaks about her home business. She produces traditional cakes and pastries that are eaten at festivals and holidays of the Sasak, how the inhabitants of Lombok are called. All products are based on rice or corn, and Raodah insists we try everything.
“Especially before holidays I had so many orders that I couldn’t accept all of them,” says the small entrepreneur. “I bought better accessories from the microcredit (about €130) and was then able to hire neighbors at short notice to help me.”
During our visit, a customer comes and picks up a bulk order: Huge buckets full of a product reminiscent of rice waffles. Together, they stash the containers in the back seat of the car. Then the lights go out – power outage. “This happens here on a regular basis,” Juaini reassures.
Of course, we still want to take a group picture, luckily, we have the flashlights of our mobile phones.