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Clothing business turns jobless women into entrepreneurs

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 19 2019   /  01:58 am
Delicate work: Yeti Cahyati (left) talks to one of her employees (center) in Lembang, Bandung, West Java, on Oct. 9. Her underwear business started in 2012 after she received loans from lender BTPN Syariah.(JP/Eisya A. Eloksari)(left) talks to one of her employees (center) in Lembang, Bandung, West Java, on Oct. 9. Her underwear business started in 2012 after she received loans from lender BTPN Syariah.(JP/Eisya A. Eloksari)

Delicate work: Yeti Cahyati (left) talks to one of her employees (center) in Lembang, Bandung, West Java, on Oct. 9. Her underwear business started in 2012 after she received loans from lender BTPN Syariah.(JP/Eisya A. Eloksari)Yeti Cahyati never thought that her underwear business would be able to support her family of seven. Under the brand BHK, the 53-year-old woman earns Rp 10 million (US$707) weekly.The mother of five has been in the garment business for seven years since she became a Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN) Syariah client. She received Rp 1.5 million in 2012 as an initial loan to kick-start her business, as part of the bank’s underprivileged women empowerment program, Future Package (PMD) program.“I started the business by selling pants but turns out that I made my fortune by selling underwear,” Yeti said on Oct.10.She said her employees could produce up to 75...