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‘It’s time to work together’: Comradeship among SMEs

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24, 2020   /  03:38 pm
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Fatimah, the 62-year-old owner of a small kiosk in Kayu Putih subdistrict in East Jakarta, waits for customers inside her kiosk on March 4. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are helping each other as many of them have begun to feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their business activities. Many small and medium companies, especially those involved in the retail sector have lost their customers as people avoid going to markets or malls in compliance with the government’s social distancing policy. Kania Annisa Anggiani, the founder of Chic & Darling, an all-women-run SME that creates and sells lifestyle products, reached out to her fellow business owners through her Instagram account, @kekekania, and offered to promote their products for free to her 36,300 followers. “Right now is not the time to compete. We’re all in survival mode,” she wrote on her post on Saturday, while asking for owners to list their businesses in the comment section and saying that she would make a directory ...