An elderly woman takes a plastic package filled with vegetables located at the T-junction of Kutu Wates village, Sinduadi Village, Mlati District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region.
During this pandemic, a man took the initiative to distribute packages of vegetables to people in need in Yogyakarta since early April.
This self-help aid that involved farmers and other circles inspired many people so that the movement called Sejangkauan Tangan was spread to a number of areas outside Yogyakarta.
That morning the intersection of Kutu Wates Village, Sinduadi Village, Mlati District, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region, looked different from usual.
The iron fence at a corner of a coffee shop is lined with plastic bag hooks filled with vegetables.
A number of residents who visited him did not hesitate to take it.
It is Arief Winarko, the person who hangs the plastic containing the vegetables.
The 39-year-old man has been doing these activities since early April.
Initially, he did the sharing movement with his family and close friends.
Now, the vegetable-sharing movement, which is known as Handfuls of Hands, has spread to a number of areas and even beyond DIY.
Starting from Arief’s anxiety seeing the many people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He recalled, in the early days of the pandemic, a number of villages in Yogyakarta were closed to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 virus, including in his village.
At that time, many residents lost their jobs, so they had difficulty meeting household needs.
Through the sales of his coffee shop, Arief started a sharing movement for others.
He wants to give something to the citizens with what he has, but his assistance must be on target during a pandemic.
Then it occurred to him to distribute vegetables.