My brother was a transmigration program participant who moved here, and I followed in his footsteps. After settling here, I got married and then became eligible to own some land, similar to other transmigrants from Java. I became a farmer sometime around 1992 to 1993 by mortgaging two plots of land. The total mortgage was IDR 9.025 million to be paid over 13 years. When Indonesia was hit by the financial crisis in the late 90’s, the price of palm oil somehow rocketed from IDR 700 to IDR 1,800 per kilogram. Alhamdullilah, due to this, I was able to settle my mortgage earlier. Our income started to increase, and my life started to progress from there. This was all beyond my imagination. If I had stayed on in Java, it would have been hard for me to find a decent place to stay, especially since my livelihood depends on agriculture. It’s like what people say – no pain, no gain. Alhamdullilah, now I can manage to send my child to university, and he is slated to complete his studies this year. I couldn’t imagine having such a life before, let alone being able to afford going on the Hajj pilgrimage. Thankfully, with hard work and perseverance, I have made it.