Risebowls Entrepreneur of the Month

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Risebowls Entrepreneur of the Month

Title: The Strength of A Woman

Perseverance. Dedication. The two best qualities that we admire about Miss Masliana Binti Mohd Sabri. Born and raised in Rawang, always grateful for everything she currently has, but her journey is not an easy feat.

Growing up among ten siblings taught her to value the meaning of sacrifice as the hardship faced prevented her to finish her studies and she decided to begin working to suffice the family on a daily basis. Despite the calamities that happened to her upon growing up, she believes that those sacrifices have helped her siblings to become successful in their lives.

As they reached 18 years old, Miss Masliana decided to get married with her true love. For her, the decision was solely based on her own choice even people around her were apprehensive towards her decision as she believed the marriage would give her an opportunity to live the life that she always wanted growing up.

However, the marriage turned out the opposite, as the marriage ended up full of violence that she would never have imagined. The painful moments were indescribable as to be tortured by her own husband everyday has become part of her life throughout the marriage. Her own husband even willingly expressed his anger to her own unborn child during her pregnancies days.

As they reached 18 years old, Miss Masliana decided to get married with her true love. For her, the decision was solely based on her own choice even people around her were apprehensive towards her decision as she believed the marriage would give her an opportunity to live the life that she always wanted growing up.

However, the marriage turned out the opposite, as the marriage ended up full of violence that she would never have imagined. The painful moments were indescribable as to be tortured by her own husband everyday has become part of her life throughout the marriage. Her own husband even willingly expressed his anger to her own unborn child during her pregnancies days.

Within the 13 years of marriage, Miss Masliana was blessed with seven children, which has always been her biggest source of strength. Tragically, due to the heavy violence and inhumane character of her husband, all of her children were unable to attend the school and were forced to work outside of their own capabilities.

It all changed during her pregnancy with her youngest child. As her baby arrived, her husband decided to leave her and the children without any cash for them to survive. Even worse, there was no news or even a piece of note about his whereabouts afterwards.

Despite receiving different forms of aids through Zakat and other non-profit agencies, she even strived to use her own abilities upon providing the essential needs for her family, including her own mother.

At that point of life, after four weeks of giving birth to her beautiful baby, she decided to leave the house one night with her eldest son to go fishing at an abandoned lake. Out of a sudden, she was able to collect tons of fish—up to 50 kilograms within that night. Upon her return, she has managed to feed her family which she is still in awe of as her family was unable to feed themselves due to their hardships. Her children even faced multiple malnutrition defects due to being tormented by her husband’s inhumane acts throughout their marriage.

However, as her own place did not have any storage and freezers to store the remaining fishes, she has decided to ferment the ingredients and eventually helped her to start her own small business. With a new spirit of dedication and wanting to change her life for better, she has persevered to use her potentials upon her food fermented business, which has always been one of the favorite meals among Malaysians.

Her entrepreneurial journey begins by allowing herself to apply and secure different financial assistance and even joined multiple business coaching courses, which have helped her in many ways, especially the Zakat Selangor and Teras Asnaf Programs have always been considered as two major catalysts to her growth as a business owner. With her own dedication and knowledge gained from others, she has managed to expand her business and have helped many other small business owners in the country through her own products and selling techniques.

“If we work hard and always believe in ourselves, and are willing to give back to others in a positive way, the Mighty will always ensure the best path for you, regardless of any calamities that might or even happened in our life.” said Miss Masliana. Two years later, she has managed to find the right track for her own business and even has become a major inspiration for other business owners. She even awarded multiple awards for her success including Best Entrepreneur Award Asnaf 2018 and The Business Icon of the Year 2018 by Selangor state government.

Currently, she is very active upon collaborating with other non-profit agencies and even provides different counselling sessions to the unfortunates by sharing her own experiences as a person and entrepreneurial journey. As a single mother, Miss Masliana always prays that every woman out there can be inspired with the experiences that she had and be further inspired to push themselves on striving for further success.

With her own right intention and ensuring the honesty in every layer of her business operations, she has managed to produce over 50 different fermented products and has employed more than twenty full-time workers under her own leadership. In her own strength, Miss Masliana has been able to push herself and currently owns her own production factory.

Risebowls Malaysia would like to express the gratitude to Miss Masliana upon her success and the team wishes that she will always become the source of strength and admiration for every individual, regardless of background and identity.

“As a woman, we need to be strong because being a woman is the greatest gift from the Mighty and as a mother, I always wanted the best for my children and these characters have been the greatest sources of strength for me to strive and focus on our future. Despite the past tragedies, and the painfulness I have been through, I am always grateful for everything that happened and I wanted to channel my strength to help others to know that everything is possible, if we believe in ourselves, especially in the entrepreneurial field.” – Miss Masliana

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