Malaysian Social Enterprise Teaches the Needy How to Be Entrepreneurs Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
By Mark Ryan Raj
Raising four kids is a challenging feat, to say the least.
But doing it on your own, while suffering from thyroid cancer, seems nearly impossible.
Yet from such a challenging experience, single mom Sarifah Idris chanced upon a special vegetable-based noodle recipe which would eventually become her prized business model ― all thanks to her children’s picky eating habits.
“My kids and I prefer eating noodles over rice. But I can’t eat the noodles sold outside because it has boric acid in it and I can’t eat that because of the cancer,” said Sarifah in an interview with Malay Mail.
“So, I made my own noodles. But the idea to add veggies was because none of my kids like eating vegetables, so I just blended some vegetable extract into the noodle batter.
“It was actually just a healthy veggie noodle for my kids and me. Then I decided to sell it to other cancer patients as well because it’s a healthy alternative.”
Photo courtesy of Seika.