Toil for a Living

Statistic says that around 40 million of the Indonesian population are now living below poverty line, or $2 a day, and the number will keep on increasing if the government and the society fail to address it properly. It’s always deplorable that the rich natural resources country can’t give prosperity to its people, and now many, if not most, of those resources had been taken out from mother earth, making the future looks even more bleak.

I will not offer any magical solutions to reduce number of poor people, since there’s no such easy solutions. I will just offer some thoughts.

Those who work in washing cars. These people may not be that poor. At least they can get Rp.10,000-Rp.15,000 for washing cars, and around Rp.5,000 for motorcycles. Hence, they may not fall below the line. Still, they need support.

Flat tire repairman. Daily income of this kind of people is quite irregular. Give less reasons for them to spread sharp nails on the streets to make some money.

Ojeg motor, motor-taxi, serves people for Rp.3,000 – Rp.20,000, depends on distance. There are many of them now, awaiting in every corners of the city. My kids are their regular customers.

There’s a lady who was awaiting customers to sell two roosters and a hen, for a profit of around Rp.2,000-Rp.5,000 each.

We just need to open our eyes to look around to see how lucky we are, and find more ways to help those fellow poor citizens of a rich country named Indonesia.

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Oleh Bambang Aroengbinang. BA lahir di Desa Mersi, Purwokerto, Jawa Tengah, sekarang tinggal di Jakarta. Seorang blogger dan pejalan musiman yang senang berkunjung ke situs, makam, dan tempat bersejarah. Menyukai pemandangan daratan subur dan pegunungan hijau ketimbang laut. Kontak BA. Subscribe via email untuk kabar tulisan terbaru. Diperbarui pada 23 Maret 2017.

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