Andi Taufan Believes Perseverance Will Eventually Pay Off
Amartha's sole founder talks about surviving the near-failure situations and the current goals
This article is a part of DailySocial’s Mastermind Series, featuring innovators and leaders in Indonesia’s tech industry sharing their stories and point of view.
As the sole founder of Amartha, Andi Taufan Garuda Putra has poured blood, sweat, and tears in building the company. With the story of being left by co-founders, the dilemma of choosing study over its own company. It's all lead to the current situation where the peer-to-peer lending platform has delivered Rp1.25 trillion successful loans to over 200 thousand micro-entrepreneurs in the rural area.
He began the journey with a dream to enable financial inclusion throughout Indonesia. It's a challenging one, considering the loan business is full of loophole and fraud potential. However, with perseverance as the foundation, he works his way up to the point where micro-businesses can contribute more to Indonesia's economy.
In fact, he was recently appointed as one of the presidential expert staff by Jokowi. It's definitely creating more pile of work on his desk. However, he's eager to accept the challenge, it's because he believes this country is moving towards a better economy and it'll be incredibly great to be part of the change.
Let's hear more of Andi Taufan Garuda Putra's story through the excerpt from his interview with DailySocial's team.
To begin with, you are one with an academic background in business. What's your first thought on starting Amartha? What encouraged you to create such a thing with social impact?
I was getting my business degree without any aspirations to become an entrepreneur. My parents are struggling with their professional career, so I was just planning to follow their path. I was also planning to get my master's degree and build a professional career worth living. Once I become successful, I would spare some for those less fortunate people. I used to have a simple definition of success, it's when I turn 50 and have nothing to worry about on my plate.
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