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.