Monday, October 18, 2010

How to work a little bit of good into your day

I wanted to write about two awesome social enterprises I've discovered of late. You might already know them but if not here goes...

The first is a must for every girl – Alteration Initiative, tucked away in the basement of Dhoby Xchange. I stumbled across this fantastic little modern day alteration business today as I really needed some tweaking! 

Before today, I had no idea that it employs single mothers as seamstresses, offering them flexible working, training and competitive pay helping them to meet the financial and non-financial pressures of having to look after their kids solo.

It’s also ranked in the top 5 alteration services 2010 by Her World. So  ladies gather up all those clothes that have been sitting in your wardrobe waiting to be taken to get altered and support a good cause.

The second  is Food for Thought. It’s strap line is “Good Food for a Good Cause” and it’s exactly what it says on the tin.

The brainchild of four young bright things, not only do you get to enjoy homely, scrummy comfort food here but also by  frequenting this little gem you will be helping to provide clean water to third world countries. I’ve eaten there a few times and every time I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Is it the light and buzzy atmosphere? Or is it because food tastes better with a social conscious? Maybe -  but I’m happy with that.

Conveniently located close to the Singapore Art Museum, you can drop in and change the world little by little next time you’re getting art fix.

Running a successful social enterprise is not a walk in the park and it's a journey that is only beginning in Singapore. It is after all the running of a business, for social gain. These two seem to have married demand and social need beautifully and let’s hope they inspire others to do so.

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