Batik Boutique is a social enterprise that equips vulnerable women with marketable skills and provides sustainable employment by sourcing handmade batik textiles for family-run businesses in rural Malaysia. Women with low incomes are trained by Batik Boutique to sew the products either at home or training centres. The products are sold to two US fair trade fashion and homeware brands, and also in retail stores in Malaysia. A portion of proceeds goes back into the community for education and healthcare.
The Biji-biji Initiative is an award-winning social enterprise that aims to share progressive ideas by championing sustainable living, reusing waste creatively and through collaborative production. By using discarded materials, basic electronics and passive building techniques, Biji Biji aims to inspire their surrounding with fresh and fun approaches to sustainable living.
Dialogue in the Dark (DID) was founded in 1988 in Germany. Meanwhile, the Malaysian chapter, DID Malaysia, was established in 2012 and is a social enterprise with a mission to facilitate social inclusion of the visually impaired community by conducting exhibitions and business workshops for the public as means to create a sustainable revenue stream. Both the DID Exhibition and Business workshops are unique in the way that they are conducted in total darkness to advocate the public on the life of the visually impaired community. DID hires the blind community and train them to be guides/ trainers whilst creating job opportunities for them, giving them a chance for a better, sustainable and dignified life.
eHomemakers (eH), the parent organization, is a 17 year-old Malaysian non-profit social enterprise that promotes work-life balance and support for people working from home using ICT especially the disadvantaged and rural women. Some of their successful projects are: A telework e-community, pro-poor ecobasket project, ICT application for non-profits, pro-poor telework program and TV documentaries about disadvantaged women as a media advocacy about their strengths instead of victimhood. They have received local and international awards such as ISIF (International Society Innovation Fund) 2012 Asia Award for category ‘Code of the Common Good’.
Emporoh PLT is a Limited Liability Partnership company consists of two shareholders. This company is in the process to be endorsed as the university startup at University of Malaya by University of Malaya Centre of Innovation & Commercialization (UMCIC). Temporarily, this small company is managing the promotions and the marketing of pua kumbu textile for the Iban women weavers at Rumah Gare, Kapit, Sarawak.
Enactus UUM is a non-profit organization which focuses on community development and improving the standard of living through entrepreneurship. While encouraging the community through the economic activities, Enactus UUM focuses on preserving the environment, thus balancing between income generation, social promotion and environmental preservation.
Pertubuhan Perintis Malaysia is an association for youth established on 30th June 2015. Its core focuses on knowledge sharing, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Believing that sustainable and wholesome nation building can only take place when everyone is on the same page, the association focuses its efforts on bridging the social, economic and educational gap between urban and rural youths. With this in mind, Pertubuhan Perintis Malaysia has tailored programmes such as the What Malaysian Youth Should Know (WMYSK) Global Leadership Series, The Youth Trailblazers Challenge and the Future Shifters Community. These programmes entail agendas that groom and mould the younger generation to be leaders and problem-solvers with effective analytical and critical thinking abilities.
Street Feeders of KL, which started in late 2011, is a grassroots people’s movement reaching out to those living on the fringes of society, namely the homeless and urban poor. The group, which mostly comprises of young working adults reaches out fortnightly through their street
Saora Industries provides safe and clean drinking water to rural and marginalised communities through the proprietary technology that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
Discover Muaythai (D.M.T) provides Muaythai based health and fitness training and services for both corporate bodies and individuals. It is however, first and foremost a Social Business initiative so that underprivileged youths can lead a life of dignity and independence by developing character and positive values through Muaythai.
Selected youth from marginalised backgrounds will undergo an intensive 4-month development programme (with the D. M.T Academy) where they will learn fundamental values in life such as discipline, respect, self-confidence, resilience, leadership and care. While developing both hard and soft skills in partnership with Dragon MuayThai Malaysia, a prestigious Muaythai outfit and gym, we target to directly impact 120 young people over the next 2 years. While still at pilot stage, we have provided services for 3 companies and 120 individuals.