SHAH ALAM: A 64-year-old woman who has been picking up trash to make ends meet will no longer have to do so thanks to a mystery donor.
Zaidah’s (not her real name) dream of owning her own ice cream stall has now become a reality, and she does not even know the identity of the good Samaritan who provided her the means to fulfil her dream.
“I don’t know who helped me, I don’t know who they are, I don’t even know what they look like.
“But I pray that this person will have good fortune, a long life and good health,” she told FMT under the tent of her ice cream shop in front of her home at Kampung Melayu Subang.
Last week, FMT highlighted Zaidah’s struggles to earn a living by collecting trash to be recycled.
The mother of four has not had a steady job since she was retrenched as a cleaner 15 years ago, and does not want to rely on her children, preferring to stand on her own two feet.
She would earn between RM5 and RM20 a day picking up trash, sometimes under the sun. She has faced many challenges, including being chased by dogs and falling off her motorcycle.
Not long after her story was published, Zaidah said a car dropped by her house, and the driver informed her that he was asked to deliver some goods including a tent, crackers, equipment to make ice cream, chairs, a table and some cash.
The driver did not want to say who donated the goods, only that he was asked to buy the goods and deliver it to her.
Today, Zaidah sells crackers as well as her homemade Milo, grape, and assam boi-flavoured ice cream.
“Now I don’t have to pick up trash anymore, and with the help I have received, my life will be easier,” she said with a smile, filled with gratitude for her good Samaritan.