To be held in Mexico City this 27-28 November 2014, the Global Social Business Summit is the worldwide leading forum for social business, non-loss, non-dividend companies with a social goal. It serves to spread awareness of social business, foster discussion and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceive best practices.
The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, which gathers experts from private sectors, civil society, governments and academia over a few days of meetings, forums and workshops.
Our Malaysian delegation is led by myHarapan, and together with four inspiring youths, we are bringing social business stories from Malaysia to Mexico City.
Representing myHarapan are Jamali (General Manager), Azri (Snr. Exec, Youth Engagement) and Doreen (Manager, Integrated Marketing Comm).
Pik-Svonn and Fahmi Reza of Kota Kita are the guys behind Tee Hee Hee, who hope to work with single mothers from urban poor communities, plagued by low-income jobs and insufficient skills. Tee Hee Hee aims to establish a social business that provides single mothers with training and flexible working arrangements by teaching them how to upcycle and repurpose used T-shirts into fashionable skirts.
Haoyu and Khim make up Little Marios, an initiative which aims to introduce mushroom farming to urban poor communities, by involving the beneficiaries in running the whole business from managing the farm operations to sales, ultimately acquiring a skillset which allows them to be entrepreneurs themselves.