Kantin Kontainer: An Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program for Students

Kantin Kontainer is an innovative scholarship program that aims to support underprivileged students who do not have sufficient means to support their educational pursuits. The program operates by creating a canteen made from ship containers and recruiting students to manage the canteen. This provides a unique opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills on top of receiving a scholarship. 

Students receive scholarships from the proceeds of managing the canteen, as well as gaining valuable insights into business management. This experience helps cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit and enhances their competence in the field. 

Additionally, running the canteen provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills. They are responsible for coordinating with suppliers, managing inventory, and ensuring customer satisfaction. This hands-on experience helps students become more confident in their abilities and develop a strong sense of responsibility. 

Beyond the practical skills, running the canteen can also foster social connections and school spirit. The canteen becomes a hub where students can gather and socialize. Those who manage the canteen have the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to their classmates’ enjoyment and helping to create a positive, supportive school environment. 

This initiative aims to support students in completing college with the scholarship they receive. Additionally, the experience gained in managing the canteen business can help them succeed in future employment opportunities, thereby contributing to society’s growth. 

On February 16, 2023, Dompet Dhuafa USA distributed Zakat funds totaling US$3,500 to Dompet Dhuafa Central Java. These funds were utilized in the construction of a container-based canteen at the Faculty of Economics and Business, UIN Walisongo, Central Java. 

The construction of the Kantin Kontainer was initiated on March 16, 2023, and successfully completed on July 17, 2023. Before its opening, a meticulous evaluation was undertaken to ensure the proper functioning of essential components such as water, electricity, and equipments.

Following the completion of the canteen’s physical construction, program managers were selected from the student body of UIN Walisongo. A pool of 15 applicants was reviewed, leading to the selection of eight students to serve as program managers. 

On August 21, eight students received training and provisions for the Kantin Kontainer program. During the training session, the participants were briefed on the food menu that would be sold in the canteen, as well as how to manage the canteen effectively.  

The Kantin Kontainer was inaugurated and commenced operations on October 6th, 2023, with the support of Dompet Dhuafa Central Java. 

The container canteen is a new addition to the facilities available at UIN Walisongo. It is designed to provide convenience and accessibility to students who need a quick and affordable meal between classes. The canteen offers a variety of food options, all served in a safe and hygienic environment. 

The Kantin Kontainer is a valuable addition to the UIN Walisongo community, providing benefits to students, staff, and the wider community.