Islamic Boarding School Business Unit will also function as a sharia financial service unit.
Director of Madrasah Diniyah and Islamic Boarding Schools of the Directorate General of Islamic Education at the Ministry of Religion, Waryono, said that the pesantren business unit will receive assistance from the government. Currently, his party is recording the pesantren business that will be submitted. “Through a synergy with the Coordinating Minister for the Economy via the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Religion was asked to coordinate and collect data on business units run by Islamic boarding schools for assistance,” said Waryono in a written statement.
According to Waryono, pesantren business units in the form of stalls, kiosks, shops and cooperatives will be revitalized. In addition, this business unit will function as a sharia financial service unit. Later, each business unit will not only receive assistance in the form of additional capital. More than that, the Human Resources (HR) of the managers will be developed.
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Pesantren business managers will get a variety of competencies. It is hoped that they can manage the business unit as a sharia bank, sharia pawnshop agent, sharia fintech agent, zakat collection unit and a Halal Center. “This development is in order to serve the community around the Islamic boarding schools and the pesantren community members. It is also in the framework of implementing the national economic recovery program,” explained Waryono.
Furthermore, his party has sent a letter to the Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Religion throughout Indonesia to immediately update the data on pesantren business units. This is to follow up on a letter from the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises asking for data on proposals from micro-entrepreneurs in the pesantren community.
According to Waryono, proposals must be submitted to the Central Ministry of Religion no later than 26 August 2020. Each proposal is required to include a copy of the e-KTP, micro and small business license, and bank account.