A couple with disabilities here has decided to take another approach in selling the sweet delicacy by offering it in various flavours.
Izyani Hayati Abbas, 37, and her husband Erman Juani, 38, who are paralysed from the waist down, run a prosperous kuih makmur business under the Makemore Marvelous brand, which offers the kuih in four main flavours, namely chocolate, coffee, milk and whole grain milk.
Izyani Hayati, who has been running the business for the past five years, said she learned how to make the traditional kuih makmur from her late mother, before trying to experiment with other flavours to attract more customers.
Using the tagline “My Mom’s Best Cookies” for the kuih makmur in memory of her late mother, she said that during the festive seasons such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, she receives orders for about 80 jars of kuih makmur, that is priced at RM20 each.
“Last year, when the (COVID-19) pandemic hit, the demand (for kuih makmur) was less due to the MCO (the Movement Control Order). Normally, I will make the kuih based on orders but for this year’s Hari Raya, I’m not accepting orders on a large scale but only for close friends and relatives.
“As I have a regular job, Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for making kuih. This year, I am only making 60 jars of kuih makmur,” she told Bernama, when met at her home in Taman Kingston, here, today.
Izyani Hayati said although her disability has brought its challenges and constraints, it did not break her spirits, adding that she and her husband would strive to continue to prosper in their business.
“There are also challenges here and there but I’m getting used to it and I know the best way to do this business. It is not a big problem,” she said.
On her long-term plans for the kuih makmur business, Izyani Hayati hoped that her business would continue to grow and her product could be marketed throughout Sabah as well as the peninsula.
“I hope to continue to make (the kuih) even though orders are few and I will be able to divide my time to try out new flavours,” she added.
Erman, who married Izyani Hayati in 2018, said besides assisting his wife to purchase all the ingredients to make kuih makmur, he would also help his wife in the cookie making process.
“Orders are only made via direct delivery or self pick-up here but we plan to market this kuih online so that it can be enjoyed by customers nationwide,” he also said.