Delila was one of the 16 participants participating at the Entrepreneurship and Access to Financial Institutions Training, conducted by the Employment and Livelihood project in collaboration with Perkumpulan Pondok Pergerakan last June. The training was part of a joint programme implemented by four United Nations (UN) agencies, including ILO, in Indonesia and funded by the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UN MPTF).
For five days, Delila learned about the basic principles of financial management for entrepreneurs that include selling price and calculation production cost, depreciation and bookkeeping. During the training she also learned root causes of her financial problems that put her in the brink of bankruptcy.
I never thought that I can realize my dream to be an entrepreneur. The financial knowledge that I obtain during the training makes me more confident in building my business and in living my life peacefully."Delila Utan, a 35-year-old entrepreneur from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)
Delila started her business when she returned from working as a migrant worker in Malaysia after more than ten years. To avoid an arranged married when she was 15 years old in 2001, she signed in for a job in Malaysia. After attending a series of trainings in Jakarta, she left and worked for three years in Malaysia.
Upon arriving home, she learnt that her family still pursued the marriage arrangement. She then decided to return to her employer in Malaysia for another five years until 2009. Every month she transferred her income to build a house. When she learnt that the marriage arrangement still awaited her, she decided to go back to Malaysia for the third time.
“This time I decided to save my income to develop my own business,” she exclaimed.
Bookkeeping as a tool for financial review is a foundation for small businesses to survive the pandemic."Navitri Putri Guillame, ILO's Project Officer for the Employment and Livelihoods Project
Again, she decided to return to Malaysia for the fourth time. She came back in 2016 and started enhancing her business by purchasing an operational car. She also began to expand her business by selling staple goods and woven fabrics.
“I never thought that I can realize my dream to be an entrepreneur. The financial knowledge that I obtain during the training makes me more confident in building my business and in living my life peacefully,” she added.
Navitri Putri Guillame, ILO's Project Officer for the Employment and Livelihoods Project, stated that the entrepreneurship and financial inclusion training programme aim to assist small businesses enhancing their business operations. “Bookkeeping as a tool for financial review is a foundation for small businesses to survive the pandemic,” she added.