Steps to the sum­mit

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“We Spend So much of our time pil­ing up wealth,” says Jimmy masrin. “But I’ve re­alised that giv­ing back gives me an im­mense sense of peace and sat­is­fac­tion – some­thing I do not get from the busi­ness world. I would like to be re­mem­bered as a man who gave more than he took.” masrin is the ceo of caturkarsa megatung­gal, a hold­ing com­pany for his fam­ily’s busi­nesses in the chem­i­cal, min­ing, fuel dis­tri­bu­tion and sup­ply chain lo­gis­tics in­dus­tries. he is also chair­man of habi­tat for hu­man­ity In­done­sia, with which he has been in­volved since 2005, and a mem­ber of the In­done­sian board of happy hearts Fund.

masrin guides habi­tat for hu­man­ity’s ef­forts to con­struct, re­ha­bil­i­tate, re­pair and im­prove hous­ing in part­ner­ship with low-in­come fam­i­lies in the ar­chi­pel­ago. he finds his work re­ward­ing be­cause it is so ef­fec­tive in al­le­vi­at­ing ex­treme poverty. “hav­ing a good home is the foun­da­tion for break­ing the cy­cle of poverty,” he points out. “A de­cent home opens the door to im­proved health, bet­ter per­for­mance at school, greater eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­creased com­mu­nity co­he­sion.” happy hearts Fund is a non-profit founded by su­per­model pe­tra nem­cova to re­build schools af­fected by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The foun­da­tion has re­built more than 70 schools in In­done­sia.

The en­er­getic masrin, who is in his early fifties, sets aside time to go moun­tain climb­ing once or twice a year. It’s a hobby he has turned into a fund-rais­ing op­por­tu­nity for habi­tat for hu­man­ity and co­ral Tri­an­gle cen­ter. The lat­ter was founded by his friend Ge­orge Tahija, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Austindo Group, to pro­tect co­ral reefs and fish­eries in In­done­sia. “my life­time goal is to do the ‘Seven Sum­mits’,” says masrin, re­fer­ring to the high­est peaks in each of the seven con­ti­nents.

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