The Supermum project is a collaboration between PPB, the Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya (RCPJ) and Beutifood, a member of Fantastic Food Factory Sdn Bhd, to empower single mothers with baking skills to bake and sell their products to earn a living.
PPB contributed the baking equipment and renovation cost to set up a baking studio at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya premises in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya, as well as transport allowances to each trainee who completes the training programme. The 10-week training programme facilitated by a chef lecturer hired by Beutifood, comprises 10 modules on baking cakes, cookies, pastries, bread, buns as well as equipping them with knowledge as entrepreneurs to bake and sell.
The first batch of 10 single mothers started their training on 7 and 8 July 2020 and completed their last module on 19 September 2020 with a business training module organised by PPB. The module covered topics such as basic accounting, branding, e-commerce as well as in-depth information on flour, facilitated by staff from PPB Head Office, GSC and FFM.
After the completion of training, the single mothers are encouraged to bake to sell whilst RCPJ assists to market their products. One of the single mothers, accepted employment under Beutifood.
In the last quarter of 2020, PPB sponsored the building of an edible garden in the compound of the Community Service Centre for the Deaf (CSCD). This project is part of the CSCD’s revitalization project which started in 2019 and is aimed to provide a wider platform for the deaf and B40 communities including the differently-abled community.
The construction of the edible garden enables members of Silent Teddies and students of CSCD to learn gardening skills as well as create sustainable income for the Centre. Silent Teddies is a social enterprise started by CSCD to reduce dependence on public funding through self-help projects.
The edible garden initial crops were sweet corn and vegetables planted by CSCD’s volunteers. Planting of pineapples and herbs is in the pipeline. The pineapples will be used to make the fillings for their popular jam tarts.
Since 2015, PPB has been engaging with Malaysia’s indigenous communities, the Orang Asli, and we remain committed in addressing their need for basic amenities and improving their living conditions. We have identified their most pressing needs – the supply of clean water, sanitation facilities, electricity and proper shelter – and are focusing our efforts in these areas. We believe that the communities benefiting from this programme should be fully involved, and we encourage them to take ownership of their own well-being and living conditions. To this end, and under the terms of our sponsorship, PPB purchases all materials whilst the communities supply the labour.
For the Jakun Orang Asli communities in Simpai and Tasik Cini in Pahang who had to travel long distances to get water for their daily needs, we started by sponsoring the construction of wells to supply clean water. The completed wells attracted more orang asli to build their homes nearby and as usage of the wells increased, bathing in open areas became inconvenient. To safeguard their privacy and promote hygiene, we progressed to sponsoring a bathrooms with two toilets complete with septic tanks for each well recipient. In 2019, PPB sponsored zinc roofs and wood panels to transform their dilapidated huts to a respectable home.
In Gerik, Perak, where clean water can be readily obtained from nearby streams, we sponsored the building of higher dams and piping systems to provide more convenient access. We have also sponsored the installation of solar panels to ensure electricity supply, as well as saplings and farming tools to assist in their farming activities. To date, PPB has invested approximately RM202,000 to sponsor construction of the following: