Category: Faces of Indonesia

Saiful : The Bird Seller

  At 40 years of age Saiful knows a lot about the value of birds. He has been selling a variety of the furry creatures for the past ten years since he took over the...

Dian: The Plastic Bottle Collector

Dian’s story is one of survival. I visited her one morning in her temporary dwelling in Kampung Bandan near Kota, living between two sets of train tracks. Dian...

Rosidin : The Mobile Broom Shop

Rosidin is a very happy man. He has a cheerful nature and takes great delight in walking the streets of Kelontong, near Chinatown selling a huge variety of colourful...

Salyem: The Jamu Lady

Salyem is 39 yrs old and has been selling her herbal-based medicines for eight years. Her Aunty educated her in the world of Jamu and would take Salyem with her, through...

Ibu Meut: The Fish Selling lady

Ibu Meut has a charming smile, which belies the fact she works extremely hard selling her dried fish to the passers by underneath an overpass at Pasar Kebayoran Lama. In...

Akasayapudin: The Shoe Repair Man

If you happen to be at home in Kemang and you hear the gentle, lyrical call of “Solbatu” there is a reasonably good chance it belongs to Akasayapudin, the shoe...

Sutejo : The Recycling Man

Name: Sutejo Age: 62 Sutejo floats around the rivers of South Jakarta on a blue foam mattress which enables him to collect materials, mostly plastic and discarded items...