Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Skill upgrading of indigenous communities is a key element of the work of Catama Borneo. We initiate training programmes which asses the craft makers technical ability, upgrade skills, introduce new materials and processes and build capacity of the craft makers to create products that can be sold in the international market.
In each community we facilitate the set up of a women's initiative, through which the craft makers receive business and entrepreneurial development training, and discuss proction, pricing and profit- devision through consensus based desion making. The initiatives enable community members to be agents of change in their community and apply these entreprenerial skills to all aspects of their lives.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Within Malaysia Catama Borneo have built a good relationship with organisations within such as the Social Enterprise Alliance, MAGIC the Malaysian Global Initiative and Creativity Centre, AZAM and Sarawak Development Institute, as well as developing networks within regional and national government departments including the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and local university Unimas.
We have a strong relationship with the British Council and its network of mentors and social enterprenuer advisors such as the Arthur Guinness Foundation, Red Ochre and Ashoka's London team.
We are always looking to enhance our network of commited Agents of Change who share our vision of community development through innovation of heritage skills.