An Online Market Grows in Indonesia
Rani Nurwitawati worked for 17 years at an Indonesian market research company and never thought she would lose her job.
But then the COVID-19 crisis struck.
"My brother lost his job, my sister got a 25 percent pay cut. And finally, I also lost my job," said the 41-year-old Jakarta woman.
Nurwitawati knew from her work that the food and drink business was resistant to the economic downturn. So, she decided to start selling food from her home.
But she needed to find customers, or people who would buy her products. Nurwitawati found an ally in Omah Wulangreh, an art and cultural community in Jakarta.
Before COVID-19, the community was the physical home of the Pahingan Sunday market. But when COVID-19 forced the physical market to close, the artists moved it online. The number of sellers at the market grew as space was no longer an issue.
Nurwitawati says she is now able to earn some money while she learns how to run a business.
"I have learned about networking, got new knowledge, and more people know my products," she said. "When I joined for the first time, it was really sad because there was only one buyer, after that it increased to more than 10."
She prepares baked spaghetti and mango sticky rice.
Parahita Satiti, 37, also joined the Sunday market. She had always dreamed of starting a business related to traditional clothing. When her employers cut her monthly earnings by 50 percent she decided to open the clothing business.
She started selling Javanese kebaya — clothing for women made of traditional Javanese batik cloth.
"This is a new business, but seeing the enthusiasm and orders from the Pahingan Sunday market, I think it will be a promising business for me," Satiti said.
The Sunday market is usually open once every 35 days, said Reny Ajeng, one of its organizers. By the third online event last month, there were 46 sellers. Buyers had one week to preorder products, such as traditional foods, clothes, and coffee. During one week, there were almost 500 products sold, bringing in about 25 million rupiah, or $1,770.
"To be honest, we are really happy," Reny said. "Our first mission was to make an online Sunday market since we can do nothing offline during the pandemic. But it turns out, enthusiasm is high, so many sellers are having high hopes."
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但她需要客源，或者愿意购买商品的顾客。努尔瓦蒂在雅加达的艺术文化社区Omah Wulangreh找到了盟友 。
在新冠肺炎出现之前，该社区是Pahingan周日市场的所在地。但当新冠肺炎迫使实体市场关闭时，艺术家们将其转移到了线上 。随着空间问题的解决，市场上的卖家数量不断增加 。
37岁的帕拉希塔·萨蒂蒂(Parahita Satiti)也加入了周日市场。她一直梦想着能创办一家与传统服装相关的企业 。当老板将她的月薪减半时，她决定开办服装生意 。
周日市场的组织者之一雷尼·阿延(Reny Ajeng)表示，周日市场通常每35天开放一次。到上个月的第三次线上活动，已经入驻了46个卖家 。买家有一周的时间可以预订产品，比如传统食品、服装和咖啡 。在一周的时间里，该市场销售了近500种商品，带来了约2500万卢比（约合1770美元）的收入 。
雷尼：“说实话，我们真的很高兴。我们的首要任务是建立一个线上的周日市场，因为在疫情期间，线下的市场很难做生意 。但事实证明，人们的热情很高，所以很多卖家都抱有很高的期望 。”