By Siti Khatijah Shukri
KUCHING: It has been a year since Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and no one could have expected the outbreak to have such a profound effect on the world economic landscape.
Malaysia is among the countries that immediately took action to enforce the movement control order (MCO) from Mar 13 to May 3, 2020 to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The implementation of MCO paralysed the country’s economic sector for a while and many sectors, industries and businesses were also badly affected.
The pandemic has adversely impacted many local entrepreneurs as their businesses could not operate as usual.
Sarawak lass, Dayang Nur Ameara Natasha, 23, ventured into business despite already having a job as a kindergarten teacher.
Following the implementation of MCO, Ameara was determined to find additional income to cover for her daily expenses.
She started a used clothing business and was joined by her husband after they got married.
“I started with selling EndHash cream and hijab.
“After getting married, I asked my husband to join me and work together on the bundle business. Alhamdulillah, we managed to run this business smoothly,” she said.
The used clothing business is named MeyyaAkmal Bundle and is run online directly on Facebook.
Ameara is also involved in the Mary Kay beauty products business as a beauty consultant.
Although the business field is not a dream for Ameara, she considers doing business is fun, in addition to earning a side income.
Ameara urges other women to get out of their comfort zones and venture into business in order to earn extra income especially during these trying times when everyone is affected economically by the Covid-19 pandemic.