Design Up Asia

Social Enterprise Stories

Design Up Asia

Design Up Asia started in an unusual way by winning a Hackathon Prize. The task was to set up a business that would help marginalized women to get an income whilst looking after their children. This wonderful start helped us crystallize our philosophy. The women we work with are amazing individuals and by buying the jewellery you can empower them and look good and feel good. We put people before profit. Creating a a community is important to us and the friendships made and challenges over come together are at the heart of Design Up Asia.
The unique part is that the women go on to run their own micro businesses and they show their creativity through lots of other channels like cake baking, make-up etc
One of our ladies during a training session shared how she had always been told she had fat fingers and could not be creative. She is now one of our experts at wire work. That moment of finding out the truth about herself that she is creative and incredibly nimble with her hands still brings a tear to my eye.
The market is saturated with products and price is a big factor for many customers. We need to pay our ladies a fair wage. So we are really looking for customers who understand what we are doing and want to bepart of something bigger.
To train more women. We work with 5 more regularly and have trained 50 to date. We would love to double the number of women we can give work regularly and see the model established in other regions.