sew X dignity is a safe haven for underprivileged and marginalised youth to learn and upgrade their design and sewing skills, preparing them to be more confident and competent in the working world.
All of their products are intricately made by their students and refugee mothers by using up-cycled and local fabrics. Profits from your purchase will go straight to Dignity for Children Foundation to secure more youth their deserving education and a portion will go back to the crafter of the product you bought!
To view their catalogue, click here or visit their website at https://www.shopxdignity.org to purchase.
Co-founders Xin and Jason first started as volunteers of Epic Homes, building houses for the local orang asli communities before they venture into starting up a business aimed at helping indigenous mothers gain income by working from home.
Products by The Asli Co. are lovingly handmade by indigenous mothers from Kampung Orang Asli Serendah and Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Buloh. Learn more about their mission and the artisans here.
Check out their signature handmade Kuih Soaps (depicting kuih seri muka, kuih lapis, and kuih bingka!) and other products at https://www.theasli.co/collection
Short for Disabled Adults and Youths Being Rewarded, Encouraged, and Accepted in Kinta, Persatuan DAYBREAK is a charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Ipoh, Perak focusing on nurturing persons with physical, learning, or mental disabilities.
One of its many programmes includes vocational training, where trainees develop a range of skills through five social enterprises run by the organisation: handicraft, vegetable farming/ plant nursery, socks manufacturing, assembly & packaging, and general cleaning.
Handicraft products by the trainees are available for online purchase through Shopee. Shop for a good cause now at https://shopee.com.my/persatuandaybreak or visit their website and Facebook for more info!
A Piece of Malaysia, or also known as Apom!, is a creative local brand known for its funny puns and colourful representations of Malaysia. Fuelled by a love of the country, both their physical and online shops offer products by other local brands too.
Shop online at https://apom.my for the best gifts for your loved ones (or even yourself!); something close to the heart and laughter!
The Apom! team have also gone the extra mile in supporting the local industry with the hashtag #jomsupportlocallah, dedicating a website promoting many other local brands deserving of the spotlight. Visit https://apieceofmalaysia.wordpress.com to shop and support.