Du’Anyam produces and distributes wicker crafts to empower women and improve maternal and newborn health in Indonesia. By providing alternative employment to subsistence agriculture, Du'Anyam improve financial capabilities of women of childbearing age to access health services and better nutrition. Du’Anyam trains women to improve their weaving techniques which in turn, increases the payment they received for quality work. Du’Anyam also partners with midwives to improve the accessibilities of child-birth services to pregnant women. To date, the social enterprise is present in 16 villages, impacting more than 350 weavers with 40% increase in income.
Nusa Berdaya is a social enterprise that aims to alleviate poverty amongst farmers and women in rural Indonesia. The enterprise focuses on integrating agricultural products into their body care products to add value to the raw materials. In addition, Nusa Berdaya also trains farmers to process raw seaweed into powder, and this powder is then converted into bar soaps by impoverished women in rural areas.
Human Heart Nature was founded by Dylan Wilk and Anna Meloto and her sister Camille under Gandang Kalikasan Inc. California USA in November 2008. All of the social enterprise’s products are made in the Philippines in an effort to eradicate poverty by sourcing ingredients at more than trade prices from poor farmers and employing out-of-school youths with no firing policy. Since its founding, the company has grown to distribute products around the world—from the United States, to the Middle East, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia and now Singapore.
Ma Te Sai plays a central role in preserving local handicraft and artisanal traditions. The social enterprise works with artisans from rural Laos to bring their traditional crafts to the wider market. It ensures the continued development of skills among local artisans, and also strive to develop all products within the villages.
Color Silk is a social business that endeavors to prevent the ancient Cambodian tradition of silk weaving from vanishing, and to empower women in more isolated areas of Cambodia to contribute to the economic development of their communities. Color Silk helps women in these communities establish home-based enterprises that enables them to work and live close to their families, while simultaneously generating an income and becoming economically independent. Students who work with Color Silk will aim to discover what potential the Singapore market holds for Color Silk products and how best to communicate their story within the Singapore context.
The Batik Boutique (TBB) is a social enterprise created to disrupt the cycle of poverty by equipping artisans with marketable skills, job training and sustainable employment. TBB trains women from low-income backgrounds to sew hand-made gifts and fashion accessories made from a traditional Malaysian fabric, batik. Today, nearly 200 artisans work with TBB to gain a fair, sustainable income and marketable skills.
Elev8Living is a social enterprise that provides affordable housing for lower middle-income residents in Southeast Asia so that poorer members of society still have the opportunity to financial stake in their community via home ownership. Their business model is similar to that of an affordable housing developer where they build and sell houses at a small profit. In addition, they also provide access to schooling, clinics and small retail facilities within all their developments. Elev8 Living differentiates itself from other housing developers by emphasizing harmony between quality and affordability. They also use as much sustainable technologies as possible, including solar power, water and waste recycling methods, and mobile group-share apps that enable residents to share anything from modes of transportation to tools, food and child care.
Siam Organic works to alleviate poverty among farmers in Thailand by bringing delicious, healthy and innovative food products, such as Jasberry rice, to global consumers. Siam Organic works with farmers from the north-eastern part of Thailand to reduce farming input costs, increase yield and guarantee purchase price, making rice-farming a sustainable occupation.