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Jakarta Post

Bandung’s small businesses cornered by lack of capital

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 7 2016   /  09:00 am

Suhaya Wondo, 43, sat among piles of knitted sweaters that he sells for a living. As one of the knitters at the Binong Jati Knitting Center, Bandung, West Java, he said he had scaled down his knitwear production since 2012.

“Back then, I used to have 20 sewing machines. Now I only have six left. I also changed my mindset, from only working as a knitter to working as a trader,” Wondo told The Jakarta Post at his shop in Binong Jati recently.

It was a tough call, but his strategy has borne fruit and made him one of only 200 remaining knitters in the area.

The knitting business in Binong Jati started in 1965. At that time, the knitters were all locals and only sold their products at the Pasar Baru market in Bandung.

In 1997, people from outside Bandung started to flock to the area and begin similar business. It was Binong Jati’s heyday and the products pen...