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This week, I talk to Ann Wong of the Penan Women Project. She had lived for 10 years in in the US before deciding to come home to Sarawak. She met Shida Mojet one day and became highly interested in what Shida was trying to do for the Penan tribe of Sarawak through woven crafts. But the Penan Women Project isn’t just about selling handmade bags and baskets; it is about impacting and uplifting an entire community of Penan people.
In this week’s episode, I spoke to Marlienna Suwito who is the CEO of Heavenly Nest based in Jakarta, Indonesia. This gorgeous mother of two is in the business of rearing swiftlets for their nests in 2006. Marlienna, as you will hear in this episode, has a heart for her community. This is why she volunteers at Focus on the Family Indonesia, an international foundation established to empower families across the archipelago and Woman and Youth Detention Centre, Tangerang.
In this week’s episode, I speak to Nina Othman of Grow The Goose. Her business offers financial literacy programmes for children that includes an entrepreneurial component. This Malaysian social entrepreneur didn’t start out wanting to be a social enterprise. Grow The Goose happened because her two sons came to her one day and asked for roller shoes! Listen as Nina tells how she got her boys to put on their thinking caps to earn their own money and how her suggestion turned into a business.
When she was pregnant with her first child in 2014, Zhafira was dismayed at how expensive everything was! This problem prompted her and her husband to start their business called Babyloania, a baby equipment rental business. Zhafira reveals a lot of practical strategies in this episode that she uses in the running of her business from the creative way she got her first employee to how she turned to her competitors to collaborate and even shared best practices with them.
In this episode, I spoke to Anushia Kandasamy, the CEO of Samanea Asia Consulting in Malaysia. Anushia is an independent adviser focusing on socio-economic development, change management and transformational leadership since 2016. This interview was delightful as we spoke about life as she experienced it and Anushia is such an optimistic person. She counts herself lucky at every turn even though some things didn’t initially work in her favour.
In this episode, I spoke to Norhani Pacasum who is the CEO of Ziya Inc., a fashion retail business in The Philippines. Norhani started her business when she walked into a mall and asked if the mall had space that she could lease and that was how Ziya, her fashion business began in 2004. Hear how Norhani and her business were in a dark place when the coronavirus lockdown started in Manila and what changes she made to her business to continue staying afloat.
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