Indonesian starts business to make hazmat suit
HER friends who worked in hospitals cried, and Indonesian businesswoman Maryati Dimursi listened: They did not have the protective gear they needed to treat patients suspected of having Covid-19. Some had resorted to wearing plastic raincoats.
She listened, and then she acted.
She asked her friends about what might be done – what kinds of protective clothing might do the job, what materials they would need.
“One of them sent me the hazmat suit so I can make a prototype from it,” Dimursi said.
Now, Dimursi has designed such a suit, and she aims to make hundreds of them and provide them to hospitals for free.
She went door-to-door looking for partners in Depok, the West Java city where she runs her merchandising business near the capital. She found five who run home-based garment businesses, and they agreed to only charge for the cost of labour to make the suits.
One of her partners, Tating, has three tailors who usually make Muslim clothing for sale online. He’s now postponing other orders to finish the hazmat suits first.
“This is the least I can do as a person who is working in the fashion industry,” said Tating, who like many Indonesians uses one name.
Some hospitals and clinics asked to buy the suits, but Dimursi insists they will get them for free.
Her fundraising announcement on social media was answered with donations as well as volunteers to help produce and distribute the suits. She first thought she would provide 50, but enough was donated to produce 1,000. — AP
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