By Najmi Mamat
GOMBAK, 7 March 2018: A hip-themed café called ‘Sachawan Coffee’ owned by a postgraduate student, Farahanis Yaman, 27, which commenced business in IIUM campus on 19 February, is a family-run business.
This ‘Sachawan Coffee’ owner decided to manage her family-run business as her first job after completing her Bachelor’s degree from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in marine biology.
Despite having commitment to finish her postgraduate studies, she never missed this opportunity to actualise her family’s idea in starting up a hip-themed café with the support of her mother.
“Even though I came from different background of studies, my ultimate intention is to continue my family-run business,” she said.
“Like people always said, ‘Going for better and bigger’,” she told IIUMToday, adding that “the current high job competition had made me think of other alternatives”.
Farahanis agreed that it is more beneficial to practise something that can derive the income in earning a livelihood, instead of being unemployed and doing nothing. She believed being a productive person would train her to be more disciplined as well.
“Sachawan Coffee” is their third outlet in IIUM, after running another two in Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences (KENMS) and Kulliyyah of Information and Technology (KICT), which is named as “The Lazare Station”.
Called it as “daily special”, the uniqueness about this third outlet is that they have changed in the menus every day and its attractiveness of industrialised design drew lots of attention whoever came across the Wadi Budi building (close to Saidina Hamzah Stadium).
The café will be officially launched during the opening of Wadi Budi building soon. Concerning the quality of the food and beverages, the family wish to satisfy the customers with a great dining experience.
Meanwhile, her mother, Hani Hussin or formally known as Madam Hani, who began her own business since 2009, said, “I have never put a terminal point to my daughter to create a selection or choice”.
The idea that came from Farahanis as a young generation has made Hani realised and considered it to bring the concept into reality.
Answering on behalf of her daughter, Hani said the reason why she encouraged her daughter to get involved with business is that this stream offers everyone to have a realistic and better income. At the same time, Farahanis might want to get a line from her extensive experience in entrepreneurship.
“At the end, everything will be converted into Ringgit, no matter what you do – be it wages, salaries, revenues, loss,” she added.
As a parent, Hani knew the importance of giving an opportunity to her children to explore with the “self-employed” job without limiting their freedom in making a choice as to execute their free time after graduating. “At least, the platform has been opened in front of them while the rest, leaving them a choice to make – to pursue study, to venture into another field or to proceed with business.”
“Everybody can be a businessman, regardless of his or her background study,” said Hani, who was formerly working in publishing field as a general manager in publication sector, upon graduating from the University of Malaya in language and linguistic.
For Hani, who played the role as advisor to her daughter, the knowledge of operating the food outlet was a bit challenging as it was not everybody’s forte. “In fact, knowing the theory is simpler than applying it to the real working experience,” she said.
Having two big commitments as an entrepreneur and a student, Farahanis did not see any obstacle in doing both fields at the same time. However, she chose this way to build her first experience in business skills. As she is studying in Terengganu, she has already imagined that someday she could open up another branch on that campus or somewhere in that city.***