It gave him the courage to quit his job from a well-known automotive company in Jakarta which led him to explore business venture options to fulfil his dream.
One day while visiting a friend’s house, Opik – Taufik’s nickname – saw a group of housewives cultivating oyster mushrooms. This triggered his curiosity and interest. Knowing a college senior who already had a fungi culture business, Opik sought to learn as much as he could. He was highly interested in this type of business since it requires only a small amount of space to generate adequate profits.
However the journey into this business was not as smooth as expected. Opik even endured a scam by a mushroom seed seller. Nevertheless, this Pulosari village resident of Pangalengan sub-district, Bandung never gave up and rose to the occasion. In early 2015, he was ready to make his first harvest. Just when he was so close to success, Mother Nature threw him a curveball. Heavy rains came and not only flooded his plantation, but also destroyed the fungi culture huts. Opik did not back down and took it as a lesson-learnt; he got up, started over and persevered.