KUALA LUMPUR - From a housewife to an entrepreneur within 10 weeks.
Pusparani Muradhuran learned the rudiments of becoming a successful businesswoman and she is now raring to go in her chosen field - hamper packaging.
She was among the pioneer batch of 1,000 women who underwent more than two months of skills training under a course offered by the New Affirmative Action Movement (Naam) and Wanita MIC.
Headed by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, the movement seeks to boost the economic standing of 100,000 youths over the next five years.
The first batch of female trainees received their certificates from Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, at their graduation ceremony at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
Aside from hamper packaging, the training courses included tailoring as well as pastry and cake making.
An elated Pusparani, 26, envisaged that her life would be transformed from that of a housewife to an income earner.
"I had always wanted to start my own business, which is why I took the hamper packaging course with Naam," said the mother of three young children from Kajang.
Single mother Kavita Kunasingran, 35, was juggling work as a waitress and a part-time seamstress before she took up the tailoring course with Naam.
"I was only taking orders for blouses and dresses before but after learning how to sew curtains, my tailoring business picked up and I was able to leave my waitress job," said Kavita, a mother of three from Tapah.
Now sewing from her house, she dreams of owning a tailor shop.
Mother of two Kamalabiga Ayappan, 42, from Ipoh, has learned the art of baking.
"I was doing some food catering before but now that I can bake a variety of pastries, my business is picking up," said Kamalabiga.
Also present at the event were Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Wanita MIC chief Mohana Muniandy and Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie.