Growing a blooming business

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  • Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019

Tender loving care: Monica watering one of the plants at Anika Nursery in Lakang Ria. — Bernama

TAMPARULI: Success is no accident, Brazilian football legend Pele once said.

He named hard work, perseverance and sacrifice as some of the attributes needed to succeed.

That basically describes Monica Nain, a 57-year-old mother of six who began her plant nursery business with a start-up capital of just RM350 and 10 flowering plants in 2012.

“My business grew gradually and my nursery can now produce more than 300 flowering plants monthly, particularly bougainvillea.

“I have since sold more than 10, 000 flowering plants to customers in Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Peninsular Malaysia, ” Monica told Bernama.

Anika Nursery, which is located in Lakang Ria here, also offers flower seeds, fertiliser and black soil for sale.

Not only has Monica been able to support her family with the returns from her business, she has been able to secure a good education for her children.

One of them is now pursuing a degree in human resources development at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, she said proudly.

Monica has also ventured into small-scale landscaping after discovering that she had a knack for it.

Since she is able to customise orders, she rakes in RM15, 000 to RM40, 000 through landscaping of house compounds, housing estates, hotels and schools in the district.

“I can complete a job in 10 to 15 days with the help of three workers, ” she said.

Monica said most of the flower seedlings that are nurtured at Anika Nursery come from Kota Marudu, a major flower producing district in Sabah.

“I also get seeds for anthurium plants from Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand, and grow them in the nursery, ” she added.

Despite the fact that she does not get any funds from elsewhere, Monica said she is determined to develop her landscaping endeavour further. — Bernama

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