“Sustainable Health Care By Natural Home Therapy and Equal Working Environment For People With Disabilities.

“Sustainable Health Care By Natural Home Therapy and Equal Working Environment For People With Disabilities.

Vietnam
Organization type: 
for profit
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Abusing medicines makes people suffer from side-effect. Moreover, most people wait until disease become worse then go to hospitals, do not prevent it when it first started. Medical fee in hospitals is expensive; therefore doing preliminary health care at home is helping people to save cost and improves their well-being.
Herbal inhalation/steam bath is one traditional treatment method but complicated to prepare and the users may be easy to be burnt. Our products can overcome those shortcomings and guarantee to be effective. By preventing disease, we may save medical cost and avoid from being taken medicines which leads to side-effects.
The project bring the world an effective prevention by a non medicine treatment; and make them aware of taking care of their health regularly.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

A method of Health Care at home without taking medicines, no side effects Although the traditional herbal steam boiler is very efficient for the health but it’s not convenient in modern life. I found that salt is very “ying” substance when heated, the heat of salt make leaves radiate their fragrance. With rules of "lunisolar attraction”, the scents will be pushed into the body, and at the same time withdraw bad energy out of the body. That makes meridian circulating quickly. Thien Tam‘s products could: 1. Provide people natural tools for home health care. 2. A method of non-medicine, fast and no side effects. 3. Use the method of dry heat, not a steam heat, to avoid dangers when using boiled steam pot which is easy to be hurt by boiled water. 4. Provide Low medical costs. 6. Bring relaxation life. 7. Recover scraps, bring more value to community. 8. Provide jobs to people with disabilities including down syndrome people. 9. Provide a combination of herbs, including antibiotics to prevent localized bacteria, good for respiratory, recover from sinusitis, get rid of bad breath, and avoid car sickness. 10. Be warmed by coarse salt in microwave or on stove, not directly warmed by electricity.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1. We created a product line - Pillow & Herbs which was inspired from traditional herbal inhalation therapy. These products serve the community in modern life; bringing natural fragrance into their home life, helping in blood vessel circulation and relaxation, as well as limiting side effects or dangers during using traditional herbal steam boiler. Products include: • Herbal heat pad with coarse of salts: To relieve cold or fever, reduce asthma symptoms, joint/back/neck/knee pains due to neural causes. To warm up the body and relieve pain by boosting blood circulation To relieve menstrual pains, women with engorged pain and help post-partum recovered quickly. • Herbal anti pollution masks against smoke & dusts, bring natural aroma to reduce and prevent inflammation due to sinusitis, to deodorize bad breath and to avoid being car-sick. • Other kinds of aroma pillows help to relax and sleep tight, as well as reduce infant from sweating; nice aroma sachets gifts, eyes relaxation, … 2. In process of Pillow & Leaves production, we collected scraps which still contain a lot of essential oil. To reuse of valuable herbal scraps, we plan to launch another low-price health-care service, a traditional saunas, for low incomes people together with providing Qigong acupressure jobs for the blind and deaf. Besides, we would like to help people to know how to protect their health by doing Qigong exercises. 3. In the end, in order to be sustainable and improve the quality of material, we will directly buy the herbs from some farmers who plant herbs in areas with purified water and ensuring with an organic method.
About You
Organization:
Thien Tam PLC.
About You
First Name

Tran

Last Name

Thi Trung Thuan

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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Thien Tam PLC.

Organization Phone

84 8 3899 0529

Organization Address

236/12/4 Dien Bien Phu Street, ward 17 Binh Thanh District

Organization Country

, HC

Country where this project is creating social impact

, HC

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

Excluding people in the intellectual class, normal workers in Vietnam are seldom aware of protecting environment and their health.

Although lifestyle, foods and environment affect directly to people’s health, however this is not understood completely. When getting sick, people will immediately take medicines which are bought at drugs stores. If the problem becomes serious, they will go to health centers or hospitals. This habit will cost so much for individuals and society health-care. Poor persons cannot afford treatment fees, some of them have to wait to die. Their families then fell in disaster of broke. This is one of the reasons why the health-care system faces with problem of overload.

Policies of health insurance cannot really approach to each poor person. There are still many people in misery when getting sick.

People's perceptions should be changed about the illness. Illness caused by lifestyle, foods and environment. People can proactively prevent it. Also, they need to have facilities at home.

We launch products which were developed from herbal traditional pot for helping people to have health care facilities in modern life, as well as protecting them from pollution and provide them satisfied fragrance for respiration.

We would like to care about low-income people’s health and spread these health care and treatment methods of qigong exercises through our herbal sauna services by reusing scraps from Pillow & Leaves products.

Our herbal anti-pollution mask could prevent from respiration diseases for passengers in the jam traffic. Respiration is where enter of any threaten dangers to human. Our herbal heat pad can effective arrest or reduce the cold, fever, pain, ... bring sound sleep and relaxation after using.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

One day, my maid got very high fever and fell in state of delirium at late mid-night; I had to use some herbs in our garden to make an herbal boiled pot to stop her high fever without medication. After the fever, she fell in paralyzed situation, but with only a handful of herbs with salt, she was rapidly recovered. This makes me strongly believe in great value of aroma therapy. I’ve learned more and known that some normal kinds of leaves have wonderful effects: some of them can help people easy to breath, relieve asthma, can be an antibiotics or deodorant, insects resistance. I found a combination of leaves with pleasant aroma brings relaxation to sleep.

Another time, an American pharmacist used my herbal heat pad while he had sore back. After applying, he was amazed about the product: how could it help his back upright, no longer pain and brought him a sound sleep. He would like me to provide him some herbal heat pads for his family. This was my first income from herbal heat pads and I had donated this money to victims of Agent Orange.

Since then, I’d wondered myself why I didn’t do anything to help vulnerable people. I learned that disabled people will become inability people only when they have no chance of working. The society must care for them as a responsibility rather than charity. I decided not to donate to them, but tried to give them an equal working environment with all respects. Besides, I wish to aware to people that Qigong rememo, a very efficient method of health care that people in the world can learn this online and cure themselves and others.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Currently, the project is on the start-up phase. However, our products have been accepted by Traditional Medicine Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, Hachi Hachi system (a chain of retail stores) and some drugstores.

Sales after 6 months:

• Herbal anti-pollution masks 2502 units
• Herbal heat pad 198 units
• Aroma sachets 2550 units
• Pillow relaxation 45 units

People with disabilities (including down syndrome persons) are having jobs from the products:

• Office staff 3 persons
• embroiderers 5 persons

How many people have been impacted by your project?

101-1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

101- 1,000

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

1. Push herbal heat pads and herbal masks as our two main products to gain market share
2. Gain 1000 new customers for both heat pads and masks products

Task 1

Selecting and investing in the “best” materials and production process, Creating and implementing a plan for advertising campaign which is

Task 2

Using social network to spread the products’ info out wider.

Task 3

Giving a certain discount for customers who introduce their friends/ family… to buy the products

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

1. Push aroma sachet into the wider market while keeping herbal heat pads and masks as the “cash cows”
2. First setting up premises for traditional sauna service

Task 1

Drawing a new marketing campaign for aroma sachets products while still keep pumping some advertising for herbal heat pads and masks.

Task 2

Approaching hotels and Events Company to market the aroma sachets.

Task 3

Setting up license for sauna activities, renting, buying equipment and looking for deaf and blind people in Center of disable people, training new method of massage of Qigongrememo.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

1. The product of Pillow and Leaves will be defined by Thien Tam’s brand.
2. The scent of flowers will be used suitably with other demands.
3. The products will be ready for exporting to Europe and Japan.
4. Reusing the scraps of herbs into low price sauna services bringing job to the deaf and blinds.
5. Spreading

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Currently, there are three problems could prevent us to the success.

1.The products of Pillow and Leaves are based on aroma therapy, a new method has not been under any Vietnam quality test procedure yet. However, our products contain medicinal herbs - a mixture of herbs which are very common and can be easily recognized as well as accepted by any experts of botanic. Therefore, we would claim the quality standard of Thien Tam and got the certificate according to
their advices.

2.The materials are quite common, therefore products’ shape may be imitated easily by competitors. However, we have special formulas which prevent others to copy our “quality”

3. At the moment, for traditional sauna and massage service, it is a sensitive field and quite difficult to get a license to operate. Because of that reason, we may open it as a center of health care & recovery by traditional steam bath.

Tell us about your partnerships

We currently have several partners who have been cooperating and supporting us in implementing Hand in Hand project:
1. “Gia Dinh Special School” is the first partner of us. This school is opened to educate disable intellectual people. There is vocational class where people with down syndrome can learn hand-woven. Our labels are made from their woven products.
2. “Thien Tam Huong” is a company which employ disable labors. They are our contractor, making fabric covers of our products.
3. Khang Minh Printing provides us free means of advertising. Our giveaway and promotional products are provided by them

Explain your selections

1. My friends are those who first encouraged myself to produce the anti-pollution mask because the environment is worse day by day in our country. And until now they are still buying our products to use and give to their friends and families.
2. Center for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) gave us awards for the Hand in Hand project which encouraged me to start up the program.
3. Some volunteers have been helping the program by contributing their time and effort in marketing, designing and website admin.
4. Every month, a group of mentors from Vinacapital foundation help us improving management skills which are necessary for our businesses now and in the future.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Quality is the most important point that Thien Tam is caring about. By non-stop improvement in products’ quality, in the next three years, Thien Tam would like to penetrate our current products into the current market, as well as developing new products which satisfy new customers’ demands. By the end of next year, we would like to have a standard production process in order to standardize our products. In addition, flowers will be used as a part of the products’ ingredient, which will help in diversifying our products with different scents bringing from different kind of flowers, as some people prefer the scent from flowers than herbs.
Marketing is also an important part that we are paying attention to. In the next three years, we will keep marketing and advertising our core products which are herbal heat pads, herbal masks and aroma sachets to current market while trying to expand the advertisement to new areas/market segments as well as launching new scents of products (flowers scents) which will meet new customers’ demands.

Due to we focus to find suitable job for people with disabilities, we will use internet marketing in order disabilities persons can get salesman online jobs. This program is not only bring more health to community but it care about human resources for disabled people.

Challenges
Which barriers to health and well-being does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of physical access to care/lack of facilities

SECONDARY

Lack of insurance/financing options for healthcare

TERTIARY

Limited human capital (trained physicians, nurses, etc.)

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

(1)Hospitals & clinic are always in the “overload” situation, therefore, patients, especially poor persons must be cured in awfull services. Our products help people to preventing and protecting themselves from sickness which will eventually reduce the need for physical access to hospitals & clinics. (2)Medicare cost is the most expensive fee that people have to pay when they got sick. Prevention is always better than cure and is the cheapest way. (3)In Vietnam, human capital for healthcare is very limited. When people get bad sick like cancer, rich people can fly to any developed countries to cure. How about the poor ones? Vietnam is lacking of well-trained physicians, doctors, nurses… therefore, knowing how to do home healthcare is the best way that we should do to ourselves and others.

How are you growing the impact of your organization or initiative?
Please select up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

SECONDARY

Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs

TERTIARY

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

For the immediate future, we would like to build a traditional massage healthcare center (which we have mentioned above) to make use of scraps that are eliminated during production process, therefore, enhancing existing impact (1) through addition of complementary services is our first concerning. In this healthcare center, we will also introduce Qigong rememo (2).
In addition, pushing more marketing activities such as advertising and promotion together with diversifying our products to meet new demands are another activity that we are doing to grow geographically (3).

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Vietnam NGO: The project of Hand in Hand received an awards from CSIP – Center for Social Initiative Promotion) for start up phase in 2010.

For profit commapies: some companies collaborate with us in upgrating thientam website, internet marketing. Especial, we are mentored by an foreigner group of Vinacapital. They offer us 3 hours/per months free of charges. We are trained how to make business plan, Marketing plan, …

Academie: Two botanist experts are our consultants.