‘WHEN there is a will, there is a way’ is the best proverb to describe the strong will of Suriati Mat Zin, 44, who decided to make a living by selling doughnuts, despite having to depend on a wheelchair to move around.
The mother to a 13-year-old girl also bears the responsibility as the sole breadwinner of the family after her husband Zainal Abidin Ayub, 49, was paralysed from waist down after an accident in 2017.
Suriati, who lives in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, said the family used to depend solely on her husband’s income as a rubber tapper to make ends meet.
“The idea to sell doughnuts came after my husband lost his source of income as he was unable to work due to his condition.
“Besides, I do not want to continue depending on other people’s assistance, ” she told reporters at her house in Kampung Batu Karang in Pasir Mas recently.
According to Suriati, she was involved in a road accident in 2012 where she broke her right knee that made her incapable of walking but she fully recovered two years later.
“Unfortunately, I got into another accident last year when I skidded while riding a motorcycle that led to severe injuries on my legs.
“After the second accident, both of my legs became weak and I now use a wheelchair to move about, ” said Suriati, who receives a RM500 monthly aid from the Social Welfare Department.
Despite being a person with disabilities, Suriati said she was able to produce about 100 pieces of doughnuts daily with help from her daughter, Aina Zulaikha.
Priced at 30sen per piece, the doughnuts are placed at three shops nearby her house and Suriati is glad that they often get sold out.
“I start kneading the dough as early as 3am. I am unable to prepare the dough in large quantity because I knead it manually by hand.
“Since the accident, I often get tired easily and both of my hands are not strong enough to knead the flour for a long time, ” she said.
In the meantime, Suriati said she was hoping for a three-wheeled motorcycle contribution from any kind donor to ease her movement in transporting the doughnuts to the respective shops.
Prior to the interview, the family received a visit from Tuan Zaimah Raja Omar, a representative from the Rantau Panjang Third Force, a non-governmental organisation, who handed over cash assistance of RM200 and an automatic kneading machine worth RM1,800. — Bernama