Life was quite challenging for Reza, a 21-year-old in the Krendang sub-district, West Jakarta, who lives with his parents and two younger siblings. Reza’s father was economically affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of online taxi orders forced him to stop working. A creditor forcibly took away their vehicle because Reza’s family could not pay the install credit.
Since then, Reza’s mother became the breadwinner of the family. She worked as labour with a small pay at a garment factory, with an income of Rp 200,000 to Rp 300,000 per week.
The condition forced Reza, who graduated from high school in 2020, to postpone his dreams to pursue higher education. Reza held his dreams dearly and tried to work in different informal jobs while saving for college—with the hope to learn about history science one day.
At the same time, Reza began participating in Plan Indonesia’s Urban Nexus programme activities. He then learned a lot of capacity-building knowledge that he could apply.
“I am delighted because I have more information after participating in Urban Nexus activities and have more friends to discuss. I have now started creating a small food stall business (Angkringan) with my friends,” Reza recently shared with the Plan Indonesia team.
Aside from that, Reza began to promote a healthier lifestyle to his family and surroundings. “I just realised that my family and I have always practised poor hygiene behaviours,” Reza claimed. With the new knowledge he gained from the training, Reza promoted washing hands with soap. Reza also participated in peer educator training for the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) practices. He became aware that boys or men need to support girls or women during their period. As part of the youth who joined the Urban Nexus peer educator training, Reza learned more about climate change and the small ways to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. He became part of the youth who organises waste management and tries to minimalise plastic waste by bringing his utilities to every event. Along with his peers, Reza has learned to create a resilience that helps him pave a better way into the future while sustaining the earth.