A blind couple who lost their source of income following the closure of a restaurant they worked at two months ago found new hope selling food and fitness products on Shopee.

Yusri Azis and his wife Nur Jannah Tan Jia Hui set up their Shopee store, Yus Bisnes, with the help of fellow Universiti Malaya coursemate Fa Phong in the first week of June 2021.

Upon setting up the Shopee store, the couple took to Facebook to promote their store.

A kind netizen on Twitter @NizamArif_ then stumbled upon the post shared by Yusri and put out a tweet of his own rallying for Malaysians to support the couple by purchasing from Yusri’ Shopee store.

The tweet was reshared over 11,000 times and he sold close to RM600 worth of products within 24 hours.

A check on Yus Bisnes Shopee store on 8 June 2021 revealed that the couple had since sold 82 bottles of their Sambal Hitam Pahang, three units of portion control plates, one bottle of sugar-free sambal and one bottle of stevia sweetener amounting to RM2,591.48 in less than a week.

Malaysians who had bought the Sambal Hitam Pahang from the blind couple said that the product was delicious and urged fellow Malaysians to support the business.

Twitter user @dzxrrxh said, “Sambal hitam brand ni memang sedap gila tak tipuuuuu!!!!” (Translation: This brand of sambal hitam is crazy good. Not lying!!!!).

Another Twitter user @hakeemhaikal123 said “Allah sedih nya...kta ramai2 lh membantu aamiin” (Translation: Sad. Let's help them together).

Thankful for the support he had received thus far, Yusri also made a video tutorial on how the blind can sell on Shopee using an Android phone supported by an app called TalkBack.

The video tutorial was shared on Shopee’s Sellers Facebook Group, Shopee Uni.

“We created the Shopee Uni Facebook Page all those years back to encourage a community of sellers to learn from and share their knowledge with each other. It is amazing to witness other sellers stepping forward and guiding Yusri on how to improve his sales and to see Yusri immediately sharing his knowledge on how he goes about utilising Shopee to salvage his loss of income despite his physical challenges. Yusri’s story is an example of how we are making e-commerce accessible to everyone,” said Zed Li, Shopee Malaysia’s Head of Seller Management.

He added that Shopee also organises an average of 50 online classes per month to train sellers on topics such as basic online selling techniques, marketing, handling logistics and customer service online etc through its free Shopee University seller workshop to enable sellers to optimise their sales on the platform.