The world is increasingly embracing digital payment systems, and their impact extends far beyond convenience. A recent research paper published in J-ABDI: Jurnal Pengabdian kepada Masyarakat (May 2024) titled “THE UTILIZATION OF QRIS CODE FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF THE AUTISM CAFE MALAYSIA” exemplifies this. The research explores how implementing the QRIS (Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard) payment system has empowered the financial management of the Autism Cafe Project (PCA) Malaysia.

This blog post delves deeper into the research findings, exploring the challenges faced by the PCA, the collaborative effort that introduced QRIS, and the resulting positive outcomes.

Providing Opportunities: The Mission of the Autism Cafe Project


The Autism Cafe Project (PCA) Malaysia plays a vital role in society by providing employment and training opportunities for young individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) spectrum. These cafes offer a platform for people with ASD to develop vocational skills, gain confidence, and contribute meaningfully to the community.

However, the research acknowledges that the PCA, like many social enterprises, often faces challenges in managing finances for their daily operations.

The Hurdles of Financial Management for Social Causes


Running a social enterprise often comes with unique financial hurdles. The PCA’s case highlights some of these common difficulties:

  • Limited Resources: Social enterprises may have restricted access to traditional funding sources, making it challenging to secure capital for operational needs.
  • Focus on Social Impact: The primary objective of social enterprises is social good, and financial management might not always receive the same level of attention as core mission-driven activities.
  • Streamlining Daily Transactions: Managing cash flow and day-to-day transactions can be cumbersome and time-consuming without efficient financial systems.

These challenges can hinder the smooth operation and long-term sustainability of social enterprises like the PCA.

QRIS to the Rescue: A Collaborative Effort Ushers in Change


The research highlights a collaborative effort that aimed to address the financial management challenges faced by the PCA. This initiative focused on equipping the PCA with the knowledge and tools to leverage QRIS for financial management.

QRIS is a standardized QR code payment system specifically designed for use in Indonesia. While the research focuses on this particular system, the broader concept of implementing a digital payment system applies to social enterprises around the world.

Here’s how a digital payment system like QRIS can potentially address the financial management hurdles faced by social enterprises:

  • Enhanced Efficiency: QRIS streamlines the payment process by facilitating cashless transactions. This can reduce wait times for customers, improve transaction speed, and free up staff time for other tasks.
  • Improved Transparency: The digital nature of QRIS transactions can potentially improve financial record-keeping. Every transaction is documented electronically, providing a clear audit trail and fostering transparency.
  • Accessibility and Convenience: QRIS integration might broaden the customer base by enabling cashless transactions for those who prefer digital payments. This can lead to increased sales and revenue for the social enterprise.

The research suggests that the PCA implemented QRIS in March 2024, and since then, they’ve experienced significant improvements in their financial management.

Beyond Efficiency: The Ripple Effect of Financial Empowerment


The impact of the PCA’s success story extends beyond the cafe itself. The research on the PCA’s use of QRIS contributes to a larger conversation about empowering social causes with financial technology.

By adopting digital payment systems like QRIS, organizations like the PCA can potentially achieve greater financial stability and focus more on their core mission of social impact. This can lead to a ripple effect, fostering the growth and sustainability of social enterprises across the globe.



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