Floods spell business opportunity for single mum


PASIR MAS: The third wave of floods to hit eight villages in Mukim Siram here has been a boon for a snack trader who sold thousands of sticks of her famous talam sausage in just three hours.

Saida Fauzi, 55, said she began selling the sausages a few days ago at Kampung Pohon Tanjong since the area is the transit site for flood-hit victims moving into temporary relief centres.

“Every time it floods, I will trade here with my two children and two assistants.

“Today (Dec 27), we began trading at 3.30pm and in less than three hours, we sold everything,” she told Bernama.

She sells various types of food at RM1 to RM3 per stick, in addition to keropok lekor goreng and air balang.

Saida said the high demand from customers for her snacks has encouraged her to double her stock.

“I bring the raw keropok (crackers) that have been cut and various types of processed food that are ready to be skewered.

“When I arrive at the sales site, I can continue to fry and sell them to customers,” said Saida, who usually trades at night markets and expo sites.

Saida, who is a single mother, said she has been trading for over 10 years and that this is her main source of income.

She also said that each time it floods, she could make over RM1,000 per day from sales at her stall.

Meanwhile, customer Rohani Nawi, 58, said she bought the talam sausage after listening to others raving about it.

“On top of that, many of the buyers are just hungry after wading through the floods,” she said.

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