KUCHING: Capital financing of RM3,000 from Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) Branch Bau transformed Haddrien Atay into a successful beaded handicraft product entrepreneur.
The 44-year-old woman from Jagoi Pinomu Village in Bau District, Sarawak is now able to earn up to RM5,000 a month.
According to the mother of three, when she first ventured into the bead craft business seven years ago, she experienced financial difficulties.
However, the ‘introduction’ to AIM has changed the door of his sustenance when the capital obtained is best used to expand the company.
“I found out about AIM from a friend and immediately went to AIM Bau Branch to apply for capital financing.
“With the capital from AIM, I was able to reach the current level and be able to run on my own,” he said when interviewed.
However, Haddrien said his journey to rise in the industry was not easy because he had to compete with so many bead craft product entrepreneurs.
He said there were too many challenges and guesswork to go through but only patience could give him the strength to continue his career as a master of bead craft products.
“There are too many competitors, I have to try to do the best because now there are so many manic entrepreneurs like mushrooms growing after the rain.
“However, I continue to try to do the best by advancing the product so that it is not out of date, quality and beautiful,” he said.
According to Haddrien, the products he produces which are accessories for women and men such as traditional Bidayuh and Orang Ulu necklaces and bracelets not only get orders from friends but are also used as souvenirs for VIPs.
In fact, it also gets orders from individuals who want to be sales agents for its products.
“In addition to getting orders directly, I also market and promote products through social media such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, including participating in craft exhibitions organized by various parties,” he said.
Interesting about Haddrien’s products, the beads he uses are self-produced using materials such as loom, ceramics, polymer clay and epoxy resin.
Therefore, he is very grateful to AIM for helping small entrepreneurs like him to continue to rise and progress.
“I can now be proud of myself and without the support of AIM, I would not have reached the level I am now,” he said.
Those interested in getting products and orders can contact Haddrien at 011-1403 3450 or visit Lynn Rynns Facebook. – MESSENGER
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