Smile Together Partnership

Lotus Hope Hair & Beauty Center, Cambodia

Child poverty problem solving model

Established in 2011, the Lotus Hope & Beauty Center trains professional beauty stylists by providing free education on beauty techniques such as hair, makeup, and nail art for underprivileged youth (ages 17-23) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

This model opens up employment opportunities and self-sufficiency for children who have only graduated from elementary or middle school, and by establishing a L-beauty salon, a social enterprise, it provides employment linkage to the graduates.

About 20 trainees are selected each period to learn beauty techniques for a total of 9 months, and they go through 2 month of internship at the L-Beauty salon. Total of 141 graduates were produced so far, and 92 students succeeded in finding employment.

Igting, Philippines

Community-based business model

In 2011, Camp Asia developed ‘Igting’, a sewing center that provides sewing skills training for Towerville residents forcibly displaced from a development area in the Philippines.

At the sewing center, female union members form six management bodies themselves (production, marketing, staff management, business management, accounting, and sales) to discuss their roles. Currently, the sewing center has developed into a self-sufficient social enterprise run by the community members. It has localized into a sustainable brand without needing to rely on external resources.

Camp Asia has also launched an organic poultry business, ‘Olga’, for the financial independence of the local community. They are securing economic sustainability by establishing a value chain that connects cities and rural areas.

Jerrybag, Uganda

Sustainable social economy model

Jerrybag established their social venture to create a positive and lasting impact on African society. Their designs carry the hope of reducing the risk that Ugandan children face every day carrying water. The bags children use for holding water cans are made with bright colors, easily visible even at nights, and reflectors are attached to the bags to prevent traffic accidents.

Jerrybag’s main product follows the OnePlus strategy: donating the same number of bags sold to general customers to local children. Also, Jerrybag makes the bags in cooperation with the local female workforce; they produce and sell various design products such as eco-bags and pouches, solving social problems in Uganda through innovative design.

JAVARA, Indonesia

Local leadership development and growth support

Founded in 2008, Javara is a social enterprise dedicated to preserving food diversity. They sell healthy foods to consumers in cooperation with over 5,000 local farmers who produce regional specialties in Indonesia.

Javara Academy was established to realize social values ​​even in remote islands, where it is difficult to provide direct support through the STP project. WT Foundation is working to install an education system that provides quality education programs in Indonesia to help young entrepreneurs spread food processing and marketing in their hometowns.

Students who have graduated from Javara Academy return to their hometowns and are leading small-scale entrepreneurship. And through this, they are trying to cultivate Indonesian youth, bringing in young farmers to revitalize the aging rural area.