The Batik Boutique is an award-winning social enterprise that provides training to women from low-income backgrounds to produce gifts and fashion accessories made from the Batik.
Founded in 2010, it started as a small sewing group of 20 single mothers from low-income groups working together make ends meet. They are largely ladies who live at the Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kota Damansara. With Batik Boutique, the women’s handwork is being sold and marketed not only in Malaysia but also exported to the US and Europe, under the said brand.
Batik Boutique’s objective to empower underprivileged women with skill sets and basic business management in order to achieve financial independence has captivated ILTIZAM since 2015 to collaborate with the social enterprise under its Community Enrichment Programme.
ILTIZAM assisted Batik Boutique’s expansion plans by contributing towards it new and bigger training centre in early 2018. Sewing equipment of various capacities, furniture and fittings were provided together with the necessary training expenses, all with the hope that more women can be helped via this enterprise.
The seamstresses, which are now greater in numbers, have evolved to become more confident. They are now more articulate when expressing their ideas and thoughts about their work, brought on by the weekly meetings, training and discussions at the workshop. More importantly, these women have strengthened their ties with their families.
The Batik Boutique has become a shining example of how economic empowerment improves people’s lives holistically. Today, the enterprise boasts of having more than 150 artisans working with them to gain a fair, sustainable income and marketable skills. ILTIZAM is proud to have supported The Batik Boutique and played a role in empowering these women’s lives.
For more information on The Batik Boutique, please log onto www.thebatikboutique.com
For more information on Community Enrichment Programme, click here.
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