I am Gan Poh Poh, the fourth out of ten children and the only disabled one amongst my family in Malacca. I was a healthy and beautiful baby but a childhood infection of polio left me disabled. My father took me to many Chinese physicians for accupuncture treatment and eventually I was able to move and walk with the help of a walking stick. Due to poverty, I did not get any more further treatment after that.
I went to school until Form 3 before continuing my studies at the Disabled Centre in Cheras. There I learned to be independent and how to sew. After that, I worked for six years in Winnie Boutique.
When I was in school, my original ambition was to be a teacher. Now, my revised goal is to own a small shop so that I can earn a living with my sewing skills while my husband carries out his locksmith business. Later on, as we grow older, we would like to own a small-scale sundry shop business.