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Outreach program aims to produce strong breadwinners

  • Musthofid

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Bottling process: The mixture of hand soap and dish soap is packaged in a 450-ml capacity bottle.(JP/Musthofid)

Sumiati has been increasingly busy in the past six months having gotten involved in a mosque-initiated outreach program making liquid soap. “Alhamdulillah [Thank God], this work has given me extra income,” she said while preparing the tools and ingredients with three fellow widows on the mosque terrace at a residential complex in Depok, West Java. She and her partner made hand soap while the other two worked together to make dish soap. They put all but one ingredient into big plastic buckets and stirred it for up to an hour. After storing the mixture for eight hours, they added the last ingredient the following morning. “We store it to let the bubbles clear. Only afterward do we put in the perfume as the last ingredient,” Sumiati said. They then put the liquid into 450-ml capacity plastic bottles, sealed them with caps, applied brand stickers on the...