Keep the Wheels Turning: Couple Run Multiple Businesses on Old Daihatsu

JAKARTA : Sunarto has to start a new career at the age of 55 after losing his job as a security guard at a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Jakarta due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunarto, 55 and his wife Desianti, 50, wait for customers inside their car on Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Aug. 24, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

He refused to give in and bought an old Daihatsu van where his wife can sell instant noodles, coffee and snacks. He also offers flat tire repair along 
Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta.

“I can’t imagine if I don’t have my own business during this difficult time,” Sunarto told Jakarta Globe as his wife cooked fried noodle for a customer.

“I listened to a friend of mine who said ‘better catch small fish and eat it today than forever wait for a whale and die suffering’,” Sunarto said. 

There is no major modification of the van as the couple only needs to fully open its tailgate to display a variety of instant drinks and noodles. A large umbrella is erected at the side door.

The gas stove is put on the sidewalk to cook noodle or hot water for coffee.

Desianti cooks a fried noodle at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Desianti cooks fried noodle on Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunarto and his wife Desianti waiting for customers at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunarto and his wife wait for customers inside their car. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The old Espass car was modified to be a food truck at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The left banner offers flat tire repair while the other banner reads that it sells coffee, ice tea and instant noodle. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Desianti cooks a fried noodle at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Desianti cooks instant noodle for a customer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunarto learns how to be a tire repairman at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunarto repairs a tire on Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Desianti talks to a customer at her food truck in Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Desianti gives the changes to a customer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Customers buy food at Sunartos food truck at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Snacks, instant noodles, coffee and tea powders are displayed on the tailgate. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sunartos wife, waiting for customer inside her car at Jalan Tanjung Selor, Central Jakarta on Monday (24/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Desianti counts her money behind rows of various brands of instant drinks displayed on the back of the car. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

BY :YUDHA BASKORO – JAKARTA GLOBE

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