PASIR PUTEH, Oct 29 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when tabling the Budget 2018 in & the Dewan Rakyat on Friday had praised successful entrepreneur& Wan Azizah Wan Salleh& on her poultry business endeavour.
Najib said Wan Azizah managed to become a millionaire in poultry farming and processing with an initial capital of RM500 from Amanah Iktiar Malaysia (AIM) in 1993.
The 45-year-old businesswoman, who is affectionately known as& Kak Zah,& said that before getting the loan from AIM, her husband Mat Yazid Jusoh, 49, and she& were working as farmers, earning only a meagre income which was& not even& enough to support their family.
“We thought of various& ways to increase our income before& deciding to go into the poultry business, raising& chicken at the back of our house. My husband and I would& & go& village to village to sell the chickens.
“Our first sale started with five chickens. But the demand& increased& from time to time and we& faced& capital constraints. Thank God, it& was then that I was introduced to Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) by a friend,”& she said at her business premises in& Kampung Banir Belikong, Selising here, on Saturday.
She said from there,& her& husband opened a small stall by the side of the road near their home.
“When the demand for the poultry continued to increase, we& started sourcing chicken from farms taking several loans& from AIM until it reached RM50,000 and we expanded our business,” she said.
Armed with the capital, Wan Azizah built a larger shop with the name ‘Ziza Ayam Proses’& in the same area and employed& three workers to clean and send chicken supplies to customers and& restaurants.
“Thank God, with& more than 20 years in the business now,& I have nine employees with an average sales of 900 chicks & a day. I have also& built& a comfortable home to live with my six children,” she said.
“I would like to thank the government, especially the Prime Minister,” said Wan Azizah, who was awarded the ‘& Usahawan Berjaya AIM Peringkat Nasional’ in 2007.
She said the AIM loan service& provides great benefits to those who want to develop themselves and would be a great loss& if this opportunity is not taken advantage of and utilised as best as possible. — Bernama