Advocating social entrepreneurship
Calyn Yap | 14 Sep 2018 00:30
For most social entrepreneurs, the adage “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” is almost like a motto. The Reach Independence & Sustainable Entrepreneurship (RISE) programme in particular, is a good example of that adage.
A collaboration between Maybank Foundation and People Systems Consultancy Sdn Bhd (PSC), the programme is not donation-centric but an outcome-based effort.
Maybank Foundation CEO Shahril Azuar Jimin says that empowering marginalised communities – especially people with disabilities (PWD) – to become financially independent through entrepreneurship is one of the core aims of the programme.
The programme does this by providing capacity building training in entrepreneurship and finance to encourage business start-ups and real income increase among its participants.
“There are many entrepreneurship programmes out there, which are mainly teaching them skills. [But] we work backwards to push income increase, which is a very tangible outcome, as they already have some skills,” adds PSC executive director Raymond D Gabriel.
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