The Batik Boutique is an award-winning social enterprise created to disrupt the cycle of poverty in Malaysia. We train women from low-income backgrounds to produce gifts and fashion accessories made from a traditional Malaysian fabric called batik.
First, we work with artisan families in rural Malaysia where they create batik textiles on natural fibers. The artisans use layers of wax and dye to create the designs in a labour-intensive process.
Next, women create ethical fashion and gift items with this fabric in our sewing training center. Today, more than 50 artisans work with The Batik Boutique to gain a fair, sustainable income and marketable skills. Each purchase directly benefits the artisan who made it.
We are raising funds to expand our capacity to help more women and deliver better products to our clients. We are building a new sewing centre in Kota Damansara. Funds raised will be used to purchase sewing equipment and for basic renovation.
Loan required: RM15,000. Loan will be repaid by December 2018.