62 MAMPU Supported Tailors are Working Together with Jahitin.com23 June 2020
Author: Amron Hamdi
Women’s limited access to formal employment means that many women become informal workers, such as homeworkers. However,
as women homeworkers generally do not have formal work contracts, many were severely affected by COVID-19 especially after the implementation of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) in several regions.
To mitigate the economic impact experienced by homeworkers, the MAMPU Program initiated a collaboration with Jahitin.com, a social enterprise in Indonesia that connects female tailors across the country with buyers. 62 female tailors who were homeworkers and micro business owners registered to participate in this Jahitin.com initiative.
The women tailors will be given online technical guidance, and the materials needed, to produce personal protective equipment (PPE),
including hazmat suits. PPE produced will be distributed according to market demand in the regions where MAMPU partners work, namely in Medan (BITRA), Yogyakarta (Yasanti), Jember (Migrant CARE) and Sambas (‘Aisyiyah). The partnership aims to provide an alternative source of income for women tailors.
“I applaud Jahitin.com for directly involving women homeworkers. Hopefully, in the future the cooperation will strengthen so even more homeworkers can gain an income while contributing to the prevention of COVID-19”, said Amin Muftiyanah, Director of Yayasan Annisa Swasti, one of the MAMPU partners who support women homeworkers in Yogyakarta.