Bamboo Builders is a distinctive social enterprise that builds social entrepreneurs. We do this by working with urban and rural schools throughout Southeast Asia to build future-ready leaders of character who are community-grounded, yet relevant for the ASEAN region.
With a vision to alleviate poverty through improving education access, Bamboo Builders trains, and mentors rural youths to initiate school-based businesses that help subsidize school overheads and students’ expenses.
In Singapore, Bamboo Builders harnesses experiences gleaned abroad to equip local budding social entrepreneurs with problem-solving mindsets and skills through field applications.
At the end of the day, Bamboo Builders hopes to achieve 3 things. Firstly, Bamboo Builders hopes to educate more youths in Singapore on social issues surrounding them and empower them to act on these issues. Secondly, Bamboo Builders hopes to bring positive change to rural communities across ASEAN by tackling the issue of poverty and access to education. Lastly, Bamboo Builders hopes to be the bridge between resources of the developed world, and needs of social enterprises in rural communities tackling poverty through education.
To date, Bamboo Builders' food waste program has diverted to beneficiaries in need more than 2730kg of food in Singapore. It has also trained more than 650 young adults from seven countries, initiating more than 22 social projects regionally. Also, it has successfully incepted 9 social enterprises, 4 of which are in rural Vietnam and Myanmar.