Nurainun, a 34-year-old local baker from Loli Tasiburi, Donggala, Central Sulawesi. She is one of the beneficiaries of Market for the Poor, a program that aims to strengthen the economic sector by creating sustainable benefits for vulnerable communities. The outcome is that communities affected by the 2018 earthquake and tsunami and COVID-19 can improve their economy and increase their income.
She decided to use the grants to open a bakery after learning about the registration of assistance from local authorities, despite having never baked a cake. In the beginning, she took a baking lesson at her aunt's house. She recalled how she constantly failed, “It was difficult at first” and, it took her several trials before she was able to sell her cakes. She utilized the cash for buying a mixer, a stove, and baking supplies. After she gained profit, she was able to buy a second mixer. She even purchased several roofs for the house she is constructing.
She hopes that in the future, she will be able to start her own bakery and hire staff because there will be re-sellers. "I want to express my gratitude for the assistance received. I really appreciate it and I praise God for this assistance because it encourages me to earn income from home while taking care of my children, " she exclaimed joyfully.
Her experience inspires us to embrace learning new things as in the word of wisdom, “where there is a will there is a way”.