Tempe has spreaded over the worldwide. In fact, This Indonesian food can be found in the United States. Ratina Muljono popularized tempe in California by opening Tempe House. Voice of America says Ratina came to the U.S. since 1999. Although only finished his education on primary high school , but he has natural talent in business. The idea came when he said that he would start a business and sell something. His friend suggested to sell fresh tempe because there has been no sale of tempe.
And then, Ratina learned to make fresh tempe. Making tempe was not as easy as he thought. After spending six sacks of soybeans, finally he can make a tempe as expected. Ratina selling tempe Lomalinda for U.S. $ 1 per pack or about USD 9,000. Initially, he was offering to the store or supermarket, but now turn out , the stores or supermarkets ordered and paid in advance. Tempe had made a hit with consumers because it tastes good and sells.
But in 2005, the business selling tempe at home forced the lid. Because in the United States may not to make and to sell at home, there should be a special place. At last, Ratina found a location for his shop. With a struggle, he got capital loans from bank. It used to open the store. Because many order, he can saved and repaid loans. Finally, since July 2009, Ratina began selling tempe in Tempe House Spicy Food, San Benardino, California which also sold a variety of other Indonesian cuisine.
Source: jpmi.or.id. Monday, 16 July 2012
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