Many from the B40 group lost their jobs during the pandemic and with limited employment opportunities, many are prepared to learn new skills to move on. PPB took the opportunity to collaborate with Persatuan Seni Jahitan Kreatif Malaysia (“PSJKM”) to sponsor a 6-day intensive sewing course for 30 vulnerable women in the Klang Valley.
The sewing course was held in October 2021 in Sewing World Gallery, a training centre cum sewing gallery in USJ Subang, Petaling Jaya. The recipients had five full days of training on creative sewing - sewing pouches, handbags, aprons etc, and one full day of entrepreneurship training covering e-commerce. After completion of their training, the recipients were given a sewing machine and 6 months mentorship. They were also given an opportunity to attend an advanced sewing course worth RM6,000 at Epal Centres to learn to sew baju kurung, besides a 12-month online advanced sewing course to upskill their sewing techniques.
After the training, five out of the 30 trainees enthusiastically marketed their sewing products and earned between RM600 to RM1,200 in the month of November 2021.
Established in 2007 by Madam Fully Chye, PSJKM is an NGO that empowers the needy with creative sewing skills and entrepreneurship. PSJKM is the charity arm of the Epal Centres that provides sewing workshops to the general public. Qualified and passionate needy trainees are given job opportunities at the Epal Centres after their training with PSJKM.
PPB congratulates the second batch of eight single mothers who completed their training programme in baking in December 2021 under SUPERMUM. The training programme which started in March 2021 was halted due to the MCOs and recommenced in October when the MCO was lifted. The mothers received corporate orders for the festive season immediately after completion of their training, giving them first-hand experience in baking large orders of cookies.
PPB collaborated with the Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya (RCPJ) in 2020 together with a contractor, Food Aid Foundation, to equip single mothers with baking skills under SUPERMUM. PPB contributed baking equipment and paid for renovations to set up a baking studio at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya premises in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya, as well as transportation allowances to each trainee who completed the training programme. The first batch of 10 single mothers completed their 10-week programme in September 2020.
SUPERMUM is part of PPB’s “Baking a Better Future” project started in 2019 to provide vulnerable persons with baking skills for entrepreneurship or employment by setting up baking studios and supporting their training needs.
PPB visited the orang asli villages scattered around Tasik Chini in Pahang in November 2021 and identified three suitable candidates for farming activities. These villagers had just embarked on a small-scale farming activity - planting banana, pineapple, serai, coconut and tapioca. Their farming efforts would be wasted during the drought if they did not address the water supply issue.
To empower them in sustainable farming, PPB provided the three candidates with two water tanks each, pumps and materials for piping connection as well as some farming tools to ease their farming activities and prepare for the drought.