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Future Writer and Baker: Irma

  • 2020/10/26

Finishing her high school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is a hard thing. She expected to be able to find a decent job in the culinary field as she graduated from the culinary class of a public vocational school in Denpasar. Her dream fell apart, but she is not a weak girl who gives up on things.

Irma is one of our brightest students in the KEMBALI Sanur program. YKIP started to support Irma when she was in elementary school. She was a hard-working student, and she proved to us that she deserved the scholarship by achieving good grades every semester. Our bright Irma also represented her school to compete in a National Vocational School Competition in 2019 and was awarded the first winner for the English competition. 

“Since almost all restaurants and hotels are closed due to the pandemic, I realized that it would be hard for me to find a job,” said Irma during her visit to YKIP Office. “It was hard, but I knew that I had to do something to help my parents to make ends meet. I like being in the kitchen, cooking, and making cakes and pastries, so I thought it could be a way that would help me”. 

Irma started her business by making and selling some fruit salad, doughnuts, and Nastar (cookies with jam filling). With her saving from high school, she eagerly bought the ingredients she needed to start her business attempt. “I never learned how to make doughnuts at school, although I was majoring Culinary. It was a challenge, and I failed several times. Once, I didn’t even have any money left when all the doughnuts I made did not raise. I was reluctant to make some more, and I thought I would give up. But it was not a choice. The first order was a total mess. Even after the first failed order, I tried to keep going. It was my aunt who ordered the doughnut. I believed that I had followed all the steps in the recipe, but it just didn’t end well. Fortunately, she fully understood what happened, and she supported me even more”.  

With her support, Irma then took this activity more seriously. She started offering doughnuts and Nastar cake to her mom's friends as well and got some orders. Irma even made a business Instagram account to market her products and actively promotes her products via WhatsApp story. By promoting via social media, she started getting more orders for doughnuts, Nastar, and fruit salads. She is quite busy preparing orders, especially during holidays. 

Besides preparing orders for her customers, Irma also spends some of her time writing. She began to write when she was in Junior high school and published her story in Wattpad. Her serial stories are entitled 'Huru'; a series this young lady continued writing after quite a long break. She said that Huru had quite a lot of readers when published back then. So, she would continue writing and would finish the serial, have another story, and create a new series. "I know it will require a lot of hard-working," Irma explained, "But I believe that I will be able to achieve it because my dream is to have a bakery and be a writer, and it is not just a dream. I will do my best to get it done".

We wish you all the best, Irma. We believe that with your determination, you will be able to achieve all your dream. Keep up the good spirit!

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