President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana distributed assistance to traders and the public at several markets in Surakarta, Central Java, on Thursday to help boost economic recovery efforts.
Based on information received from the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat, they visited and handed over assistance at Mojosongo, Gede, Gading, and Harjodaksino markets.
Jokowi said that the assistance was provided to merchants to bolster economic recovery efforts.
"The assistance (is) for traders, MSMEs (micro, small, and medium enterprises), and street vendors of Mojosongo Market, Gede Market, Gading Market, Harjodaksino Market, and even artists. There is additional capital to encourage the economy to recover," he remarked at Mojosongo Market.
The traders said they were grateful for the assistance that was handed by the President directly.
"Matur nuwun (Thank you). This help is to increase trade, (for) rent, and cover the family's daily needs. Matur nuwun sanget," a merchant selling lenjongan or Surakarta's unique sweet snack, Rubina, told the head of state.
Hermawan, a rickshaw driver in Gede Market, was also appreciative of the aid.
"(Because of) Mr. Jokowi, all rickshaw drivers around Solo can get the assistance," Hermawan said.
Meanwhile, at Harjodaksino Market, Aminah, a trader representing other merchants, also expressed her gratitude for the assistance, saying it would add to her business capital.
"(I am) happy, (this is for business) capital. Thank you for your concern for the people," Aminah said.
During their visits to the markets, Widodo and the First Lady took the time to shop for salted eggs, fruits, and cooking utensils such as a rice spoon (centong) andspatula (sutil).
The President and the First Lady were accompanied by State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, Surakarta Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Presidential Special Staff Coordinator Ari Dwipayana, among others. (Antaranews)