Social entrepreneurs function on two principles: one, to develop and manage a sustainable business and two, to create a positive impact and achieve social goals.
Their products usually work not just to solve an existing problem on the market but either directly or indirectly help to move society for the better.
This weekend, the Social Entrepreneurship arm of MaGIC is organising their very first Social Enterprise Feel Good Bazaar. All twenty of the participating sellers are social enterprises who have been working towards transforming the nation for good, championing social or environmental causes.
One of the social enterprises that will be making their presence felt there that day is The Batik Boutique. They train women from low-income backgrounds to use batik to produce gifts and fashion accessories. From the creation of the batik to the creation of the products, the goal is to empower the artisan families involved and disrupt the cycle of poverty.
For those who are interested in social enterprises that have an environmental impact, Green Yards works to provide an alternative channel for the local community to dispose their used cooking oil. This is subsequently reprocessed into soap.
Grub Cycle purchases surplus food and resells them to combat food wastage. The food items they sell are available at bargain prices and this allows them subsidise low income families with their basic needs. They also use those items in baked good and jams, giving the unwanted a fresh new life.
For something a little different, 1L Car Wash will also be providing their services that day. 1L Car Wash employs people from underprivileged backgrounds and provides them with job opportunities to help improve their lives.
Bazaar-goers can also look forward to live performances, food trucks, games and networking sessions. Attendance is free, so this is definitely a great opportunity to get some shopping done, support good causes and learn more about the landscape of social entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Who knows, seeing these social enterprises in action might spur you into an initiative of your own.
Greyskymorning Cafe @ EX8, Subang will also be offering a discount of 10%, and anyone travelling to the bazaar by Grab can get RM5 off using the promo code: GRABSEHATI.
The details about the bazaar are below.
Date: 12th November 2016 (Saturday)
Venue: EX8, Subang Jaya
Time: 10:00 a.m–6:00 p.m
Admission price: Free
For more details about the event or to sign-up, head on over to their Eventbrite page here.
The Social Enterprise Feel Good Bazaar is held in conjunction with the SEHATI Grand Finale 2016, an event organised to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and how it can solve social and environmental problems.
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Feature Image Compiled From GrubCycle, SevenTeaOne and The Batik Boutique.