The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Widow looks to beauty industry to raise family
KOTA KINABALU: A widow with four children said it is not easy to raise a family depending merely on the income of a rubber tapper.
Celia Ahip, 53, said she had no choice but to become a rubber tapper following the death of her husband from lung cancer in 2002.
“Our children were then merely aged seven, six, three and one was only a baby,” she told the Borneo Post.
She said that due to the lack of support from her husband's family, she decided to return to the house of her parents along with her small children at Kampung Keritan Laut, Keningau.
Initially, Celia worked at a restaurant but had to quit because the schedule was too hectic and left her with no time to look after her children.
“Each time I had to attend the parent-teacher meeting, my employer would deduct twodays' pay for a day's leave.
“After thinking about it, I decided to leave the job and focus on my own job and that is rubber tapping. From the income I got from rubber tapping, I managed to raise my children and send them to school,” said Celia when met at the Excellence Skill Academy after she graduated from the ‘Beauty Therapy course' organized by the academy.
And of course, she also expressed her gratitude to her family and to the government for its assistance over the years.
“Depending merely on the income from rubber tapping will not be enough. It would have been very difficult for us,” she said.
On the course held at the academy, Celia said that it has helped her overcome her lack of confidence as one of the training stressed by the academy's founder, Stella Matuya is for all the participants to give speeches and make presentations in front of everyone else.
“I am more confident now when I am surrounded by others. I am not sure yet about the financial opportunities, but I hope to expand my income in the business.”