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Wahidusalam's Journey: Crafting Resilience in the Face of Adversity

  • 2024 Feb 13
  • Posted By : Editor
As Wahidusalam, affectionately known as Wahid, stepped into adulthood, he made a pivotal decision to embark on a journey to Cilacap with a close friend. In this new place, He found acquaintance with a skilled artisan. When the artisan received a substantial order for crafting CD cassette shelves, he enlisted him as his employee. He was not only worked under the artisan but also absorbed knowledge and found support for his livelihood. Upon returning from Cilacap, Wahid briefly worked with a silver artisan. Driven by the desire for independence, He planned to establish his own craft business, relying on modest skills and resources. Immersed in a community of artisans, Wahid found it easy to kickstart his venture. With an initial capital of IDR 175,000, Wahid began crafting leather belts, collaborating with his friend and marketing them along Malioboro. At that time, leather crafts were in very high demand. Joining APIKRI with the help of a fellow artisan friend, the product range expanded, occasionally catering to specific consumer requests. The success of Wahid's enterprise was marked by the establishment of a showroom in Pasar Seni Gabusan. KURNIA Handycraft products adorned tourist destinations like Prambanan, Borobudur, and Bali. However, His business suffered setbacks during the Bali bombing incident, compounded by a declining interest in leather crafts, leading to a temporary halt in his efforts. Limited capital and a constrained market hindered his aspirations for business expansion. In 2003, faced with the need for daily sustenance, He transitioned from leather crafts to natural fiber handicrafts. Currently, he focuses on producing goods based on diverse market demands. his craft business began to revive gradually. Even during the earthquake in Bantul in 2006, He is fulfilling an order from APIKRI, faced a decline in post-disaster orders, much like many other artisans. Despite severe damage to his home and production space, He persevered, taking considerable time to rebuild. Operating with makeshift facilities, he successfully completed orders within specified deadlines. In his not-so-young age, his creative spirit remained unwavering. However, recognizing the need for succession, he entrusted the continuation of his hard-earned business to his children and in-laws.