Inspiring Faces Behind the Christmas Gift Boxes

Updated: 3 days ago

On the ground floor of PPR Kampung Muhibah lies Puan Noor Azrina's quaint little tailoring store. She picked up sewing in 2002 and started her business in the same year, providing various services ranging from sewing clothing to cushion cases and even alterations. The business afforded her flexible working hours, which was important because she could then care for her children, aged 14, 12, 9 and 6; all this while her husband worked as monorail technician for a private company.

When the pandemic gripped the nation, Puan Noor Azrina's husband faced a huge salary cut, and she was also not allowed to operate her tailoring shop. That meant that she not only lost her source of income, but the family of 6 had to live solely on her husband's reduced salary.

It was a tough season, but it did not dampen Puan Noor Azrina's spirit. She started to find alternative ways to generate income, and decided to try her hand at popcorn making. With families locked at home, a snack would bound to lift their spirits, she thought. At the same time, she was also learning up on online marketing to keep her tailoring business going during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

When we first spoke with Puan Noor Azrina, what struck us was how much positivity she exuded as she shared with us about her business and her story. More than just providing for her family, she took pride in her sewing and popcorn business. We soon found out that this positivity and tenacity was not unique only to Puan Noor Azrina, but to this small group of women we had engaged for our recent Christmas Gift Box campaign. These women are: Puan Intan, Puan Marsidah, Puan Noriah, Puan Nursisa and Puan Tengku Azlina.