A helping hand for families and small retailers

The latest tranche of CDC vouchers was rolled out this week, nearly two years after the scheme was first trialled. How did it start, what were the initial challenges, and how has it helped small retailers, residents and the national digital drive? Insight reports.

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Mr Ramamirtham had been selling traditional South Indian food at a coffee-shop stall in Bukit Batok Street 31 for just over a year when Singapore was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

With his business badly affected, he decided to join the Community Development Council (CDC) Vouchers Scheme to get a much-needed boost for his business when approached by a CDC ambassador.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2022, with the headline A helping hand for families and small retailers. Subscribe