Selling Cendol for a Living

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A widow’s dream of continuing with her late husband’s cendol business was realised when her application for micro-credit was approved by Yayasan Bina Upaya. The RM2,000 loan was used as a working capital for her fledgling business and to repair her motorcycle. S. Supplachamy, 51, travels daily from Simee to Old Town. She sells cendol by the roadside using the motorcycle as a mobile stall. “I don’t have a permanent site to operate,” said the widow to Ipoh Echo. “The place where I am now is most suitable as it’s readily accessible to my regular clients.”

She starts at 10.00 a.m. and ends at 6.00 p.m. “It’s back-breaking but who’s complaining.” Fortunately, she has her son to assist her. Supplachamy and her late husband have been selling cendol for over 17 years.

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