Life can be challenging for single mothers anywhere in the world, more so for those who are living in poverty. In Malaysia, single mothers are in their predicament mostly as a result of spousal death, spousal abandonment or divorce. Many face financial challenges and the majority of single mothers that hail from rural areas usually lack specialized job skills, as well as the education required to get proper employment.
UNDP’s “Entrepreneurial Skills: Empowering Rural Women” project aims to alleviate poverty in Terengganu and Kelantan and support low-income women entrepreneurs in the cottage food industry. Here Natasya Saufi writes about a young woman named Suri who is determined to forge her own path