BERA, April 17 (Bernama) --Making and selling traditional snacks started just as a pastime for housewife Noratizam Abdul Latif, who is now a successful businesswoman - made possible with various aid provided by the government.
Noratizam , 48, said she started making traditional snacks, such as rempeyek, dodol and kerepek on a small scale from the kitchen in her home for her regular customers, mostly her neighbours in Kampung Batu Papan here.
"It was just as a pastime time, and also to supplement the household income as my husband only does odd job and has no fixed income, she told Bernama when met at the Rural Entrepreneur Carnival (KUD@Bera), at Laman Kerayong here recently
She said her life, and that of her family, changed after she received the entrepreneur development aid of RM15,000 from the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority's (RISDA) last year.
She used the fund to upgrade her workshop and buy the necessary equipment to enable her to increase her production of the traditional snacks.
Noratizam, who has three children, now employs six workers at her snack food workshop and her products are also sold at supermarkets throughout Pahang.....