15 Aug '11, 4pm

Boost for Indonesian home industries ahead of Eid celebrations

Boost for Indonesian home industries ahead of Eid celebrations

WEST JAVA, Indonesia: Muslims in Indonesia are getting ready for Eid celebrations, as the fasting month of Ramadan crosses its halfway mark. During this time, home industries experience a boom in business, as Indonesians spend freely for the festivities. Shops stock up supplies because business is always good during this period. One segment that has traditionally benefited from the boom is the hundreds of thousands of home-based industries across Indonesia. For example, young men work for days on end to individually paint some 24,000 head scarves for this festive season. Asep Anton started the enterprise at the back of his house two years ago. Now, he is no longer able to meet demand. The owner of Hand-Painted Scarves, said: "I have resorted to asking my former workers to open their own workshops at home. They employ their own workers. They will take some of my orders if I...

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