OVERVIEW: Singapore-based Agape aims to be a leading provider of rehabilitation, reintegration and resettlement services for prisoners, ex‐offenders, delinquent youth and socially displaced persons. The company has two core business segments – outsourced transportation and call center services.
SOCIAL IMPACT: The company currently employs 50 prisoners in its Changi Call Center and 30 disadvantaged individuals in its Peace Centre Call Center. A key metrics will be the rate of recidivism among its employees. Agape has also started to gain recognition from the public. In Dec 2017, FOX Movie Singapore together with StarHub had visited Agape cluster. FOX had sponsored movie screening in appreciation to Agape cluster agents’ contribution to StarHub’s Cable TV sales. In addition, on 5th Dec 2017, Mr. Anil, the founder of Agape, was also invited for the appreciation dinner hosted by President Halimah Yacob in appreciation for companies contributing to Social Arena.
OVERVIEW: Greenhope is an award winning green technology company which aims to solve the earth’s plastics waste issue by helping existing plastics biodegrade through the introduction of a naturally made additive and producing biodegradable plastics. It does this through its two main products: Oxium and Ecoplas.
Oxium is US-patented, oxo-biodegradable additive that speeds up the molecular and chemical degradation of plastic. Oxium is used as an additive in low dosage towards regular plastics production and has proven to be an effective and economical solution towards green plastics.
Ecoplas is a new plastics source made from tapioca. Products made from Ecoplas are completely biodegradable and renewable.
SOCIAL IMPACT: Greenhope is a job creator within agriculture, as tapioca farmers supply the raw material needed for the production of Ecoplas. The positive impact on the landfills and oceans from a much faster degradation cycle (2-5years vs 500-1000years) feeds back to people.
OVERVIEW: Affordable Abodes aims to provide affordable, resilient and sustainable housing solutions to low income families through the use of tried and tested bio-composites.
SOCIAL IMPACT: The results are broad-based – dignified, standard housing for whole families; much improved carbon footprint compared to traditional concrete solutions; significantly quicker construction process.
Additionally, the business builds local value chains and creates sustainable income, via farming, industrial applications, etc. Eventually, this will be expanded to include education and up-skilling of local communities in the area of construction and materials.
OVERVIEW: PT Mahoni Edukasi Digital (MED) was founded to provide free e-textbooks to the estimated 50 million children in Indonesia, regardless of social-economic status and family background. Santoso and Ginting, the founders of MED, strongly believe no child should be deprived of a chance of learning, and by leveraging on technology, it will allow them to learn without hefty education fees. During the startup journey, both had to visit rural schools to help the teachers to understand why and how MED can help enhance and expand the reach of education in their local communities. After two years of hard work and toil, MED has begun to gain traction in Indonesia and has had prolific companies such as Microsoft and Intel help to scale her up.
SOCIAL IMPACT: Today, MED is reaching out to hundreds thousands of students and teachers across Indonesia. The platform offers free e-books, learning videos and question banks, and with a strong hit rate of a million e-books download monthly. MED latest launch is KIPIN ATM, which operates similarly to a complete library and the beta version of KIPIN MOBILE.
OVERVIEW: A leading mail ordering catalogue business in Indonesia employing women as sales commission agents. The women sales agents order products via their mobile phones. Goods are shipped to the nearest airport within 24 hours for collection and distribution. More than 80% of its sales are outside Java. Since late Oct 2016, Salim group has also acquired 67.5% stake in Paloma.
SOCIAL IMPACT: Paloma currently employs more than 45,000 home-based women and single mothers as Micro Entrepreneurs/sales agents. Because these women receive a discount off the catalogue price as their commission, they do not require micro-loans to become sales agents.
OVERVIEW: Kestrel’s mission is to produce and supply affordable high-quality diagnostic test-kits to improve the quality of life of the marginalized. With the investments from GII, they plan to expand their distribution network worldwide, especially to developing countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and even to African countries where Dengue and Malaria are rampant.
SOCIAL IMPACT: Kestrel is currently collaborating with a few universities to distribute their products. They are selling more than 6000 test kits and exporting more than a thousand per month to the African countries.
OVERVIEW: PT. IWS aims to provide affordable yet sustainable sanitation solution to rural and urban area in Indonesia. It was led by Ari Kamasan, a, water sanitation specialist in the Water and Sanitation Program of World Bank, Jakarta, since 2012. Prior to World Bank, Ari has 4 years of experience as a Sanitation Marketing Consultant in East Java Province. IWS is currently working on a project with Millenium Challenge Account Indonesia in Nganjuk and Pamekasan province of Surabaya to build affordable toilets for the poor and marginalized.
SOCIAL IMPACT: IWS current objective is to make Indonesia an Open-Defecation-Free Nation. There is a need for 10 million affordable toilets in Indonesia and IWS is actively working towards those. By providing toilets at affordable cost and with installment options, families are able to gain access to improve sanitation and health.
OVERVIEW: DANAdidik is a crowdfunding platform for micro-student loans in Indonesia. To mitigate lenders’ risk, the funds target the healthcare sector, where the demand for professionals is high and growing. The students subsequently repay their loan upon graduation via an income sharing structure.
SOCIAL IMPACT: DANAdidik addresses the funding needs of vocational education in Indonesia, where student loan programs are hardly offered. Through its platform, students and their sponsors borrow legitimately, in areas where large portions of the population remains unbanked. DANAdidik’s goal is to fund 100,000 students per year come 2025.
OVERVIEW: PT Bahtera Kasih provides a one-stop bereavement and funeral service to needy families, including transportation, casket supply, embalming and other ancillary services, through a low cost insurance scheme in collaboration with a leading Indonesian insurance provider. Currently the company is located at RSK Dr. Sitanala, Hospital, a public hospital located at Tangerang with the size of the building around 834 sqm.
The company assists bereaved families with their funeral arrangements through affordable low cost insurance packages. We will track the number of individuals and families who subscribe to this tailor-made insurance scheme. In a multi-racial area, the company will also be supporting interfaith and ethnic community bereavement needs.