Sat, 15 May 2004

Street vendors to get loans

YOGYAKARTA: The city administration has allocated a total of Rp 1 billion for loans to street vendors across Yogyakarta.

The money should be used to mend the tents or carriages used for selling their merchandise, or even make new ones, according to Yogyakarta Mayor Herry Zudianto. He added that the loans would be interest-free.

He said that street vendors would receive some Rp 1.5 million each, to be repaid in installments.

"With these loans, hopefully the vendors will contribute to building a good image for Yogyakarta and become one of the city's attractions," he said.

Herry also said the Yogyakarta administration was preparing a regulation on street vendors. Under this regulation, street sales would be managed so as to create the image of Yogyakarta as a clean city.

"Under this regulation it is hoped that street vendors will no longer be able to position their carriages or tents just as they please," he said. -- JP