He Makes a Living as a Street Tailor.

A Perseverant Person

Let's call him Lasno, he came to Jakarta several years ago from a small city in central java to seek his luck in the capital city. He lives in the metropolitan working as tailor which is his escapism after he failed in his struggle to be hired by a textile factory. He eventually stranded working as a tailor with unusual work place. His customers do not come to his studio but he's the one who has to come to them proactively since he doesn't have any workplace as his workstation.

As you may know that it needs a lot of money to rent a room in a big city like Jakarta not to mention if the place needs to be located at a strategic location, and Lasno can't afford it.

So he decided to live life as a mobile tailor.

An Interview with him.

One day I noticed him while he was talking to his customer at a populated area in Jakarta. I made a brief interview with him. Here is the result :

I (Interviewer) : How did you get this sewing machine ?

L (Lasno) : I bought it second hand so that it was much cheaper than its brand new price.

I : How did you get the idea of mobile tailor ?

L : Many people can afford to buy sewing machine but the sewing skill is another one. Besides, most of those customers come to me for mending their oversized or undersized dresses and trousers, or repairing minor defects rather than making new ones.

For low income people, making or buying new clothes only happens near Eid ul-Fitr (Islamic festival after fasting month), so they'd rather improve their old ones, or buy second hand clothe and bring it to me if its size needs adjustment.

I : How much do you charge them ?

L : My customers are people of low-middle incomes, so I can not charge them highly. It is 3000-5000 rupiah (one US dollar is around 9000 Rupiah) for minor work like stitching torn shirt and shortening too-long trousers up to around 50,000 rupiah to make a completely new dress.

I : How long does it take to make a new dress ?

L : Around half a day for a pair of trousers or a skirt and a full day for a woman long dress.

I : How much do you earn from this job ?

L : Eemm...(he was thinking for a while) more or less 30,000 rupiah at the average, and that 's enough for my daily life and send the rest to my family at hometown every month.

I : Are you happy with this job ?

L : I'm just a junior high graduate and I don't have many choices. I'm happy with this job anyway since it gives me opportunity to earn income better that if I stay at hometown and do nothing. I don't want to give more burden to my family who is already poor.



That's a brief profile about a modest person who has a unique potential. He manages to endure the life of a high cost  city in his own way and shows me his optimism to face the life.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

He is a businessman with talent and I hope he makes it big someday. From little acorns do tall oak trees grow.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you for your pray and encouragement Peggy, I hope so that he can nurture his business and be successful as a tailor.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

With his attitude and good workmanship, I am sure customers once they find out about him will flock to him and the word should spread.


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

How very enterprising. Many years ago I worked in a London suburb and I found out about a mobile car mechanic.

He would travel round offices and carry out basic services on cars during the day. So there was no need to take your car to a garage.

I guess now that cars are much more computerised this might not work.

I would love to see a mobile tailor on an English street! Sadly, the weather is rather against this idea.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Thank you for this topic. You brought great subject on sight. Maybe not many of us realized how hard life is for many people but still they able to smile and feel grateful, while those who have a lot, considering themselves as poor and have hard life. Poverty will not become too burdening when people stay humble and grateful.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful write agusfanani! Thank you for another. Please do more of these "traveling workers". This may be good for a lot of people here in the US. Thank you.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Peggy W: Yes, I hope that he'll get good fruits from his perseverance. Thank you very much Peggy.

@2Patricias : The man you said had inspired today's business in car repairs since there are some similar businesses follow, Thank you very much for your visit Patricia.

@Freya Cesare: Yes I think our country needs more people like Lasno who has resilience in facing burden of life. Thank you for your nice comments Freya.

@Micky Dee : I would be extraordinarily glad if this hub

shares something useful for others. Thank you very much Micky Dee.


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Interesting hub again from you..kepp up the good work


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you sweetie1.

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