Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Maximizing Stakeholders Partnership for Community Development
Explain your project in details:
We believe people are not projects, thus our foundation is strongly build upon relationship. Our mission is to build sustainable communities through establishing relationships with multiple stakeholders. We partner with like-minded organizations to impact bigger for the work of justice. First, we gain trust through spending time observing and listening to the communitys needs. This place where we do leadership development and capacity building for the local leaders and 80 kids, is in the midst of a large hub of prostitution cafes. Our aim is to disrupt the supply side of this prostitution cafes through providing other means of income for kids and families. Our program came up with two workable solutions that will be run and monitored by the local leaders themselves. One, microfinance options to jumpstart their developed business idea, while paralleling the disbursement of loans with microfinance class every month. We want the women there who earn less than $2/day to be trained so we can monetize the work of their hands too. Another economic empowerment is from partnering with a business who will train, equip, and employ the women. Our vision is to see them thrive as independent mothers who provide for their own family. Two, sponsoring a child to a character-based school. Their formal education will be complimented by weekly monitoring and tutoring from local mentors and volunteers who are under our capacity building programs. Our aim is to counter the hopelessness of urban slums through exposing them to volunteers too. Our process is locally-driven from problem mapping, decision-making, consultation, and the implementation process. Our idea is rooted in ABCD (Asset-based Community development) to identify the existing gifts and assets of the community to problem solve. Our approach is to be the bridge builder of all sectors of societyacademia, businesses, government
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
To have empowered, motivated young leaders and thriving independent families. Our project will begin in 2 months, we are in preparation before the launch. However, our 4 years of constant presence in the community has allowed us to have a fuller picture of the problem in the community. The trust of the kids and families given to our organization and local partners is very high. Our weekly tutoring that has been running has inspired kids to look beyond their situation. We hope to lift 60 families out of destitution, and instill strong character to our tutored kids. In the long run, our hope is these kids will grow up to change their community as leaders. Social impact measurement of the project is done through pre/post survey, data survey, and FGDs. Our program goal is to improve the living standard of vulnerable families and ensure that vulnerable children live in peace and justice by working to increase the community's activity and ownership of the development process. Our indicator is based on the % of household increase income and % of household have better living condition. The second goal is that the sponsorship operations contributes to registered children, their families, and sponsors to have their lives transformed. The indicators would be the % of child and families reported positive change in their lives and communities.Our measure of success would also include our response to the feedback mechanism in consultation with children, families, partners and the wider community.
Sustainability and future plans
With our microfinance model, the earned income will generate back both to our organization and to the lenders. Financing comes from fundraising efforts and tapping into donations and companies CSRs. With the success of this pilot project, we hope the idea of maximizing stakeholders partnership can be replicated in urban slums areas in Asia. Mentorship on child sponsorship program and from the weekly tutoring is highly crucial for the mentored kids growth. We focus on instilling a compassionate heart to for our volunteers. Our growth plan is to create school chapters to evoke the empathy of students, stressing the importance of caring for social needs, and channeling their resources. This may include developing initiatives according to their creativity but based on guided principles and models.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Seeing the reality of life for most Indonesians who often have to choose between putting food on the table or pursuing their dreams, Tamara double majors in Communication Studies and Sociology, emphasizing in Social Justice and Human Rights, in the hope to be a voice for the voiceless and a bridge builder among different sectors. Her mission trips experiences have immersed her in diverse culture, people-group, and worldview, thus she is passionate about seeking justice, regardless of their race, background, gender or religion. As an aspiring change maker, her experiences cover being in the government, corporate world and nonprofits, including interning in Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, Indonesias leading NGO and Platform Usaha Sosial, a consulting firm for social enterprises.Her motivation is rooted strongly in her faith in seeing the best in everyone if given the opportunity; She dreams of a world where every person is meant to live to their fullest potential. She is currently the VP of PERMIAS Nasional, the Indonesian Student Association in the United States and leads her own non-profit, Second Chance Initiatives, focusing on empowering youth and building sustainable communities. Second Chance was started in 2013 as a response to a growing apathy of social needs in their peers. Believing strongly in the value of stewardship, they sought to provide a channel to link arms with the young generation to make a difference in the lives of others in need. She has written several articles on gender inequality and one was published in a book, Non-traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asia. Having been the youngest delegate in Nexus Asia Summit at age 20, in the future, Tamara hopes to travel across the globe, interacting with different sectors, to empower women and vulnerable communities. Her goal is to help people without first inquiring if they are worthyornot.