Sa­si­bai Kimis

For the Greater Good

Prestige (Malaysia) - - Toys -

Sus­tain­abil­ity has al­ways been a core driver in the work and life of Sa­si­bai Kimis. As a so­cial en­tre­pre­neur, Sa­si­bai be­lieves that the tra­di­tional ways of busi­nesses need to change and more com­pa­nies should be good stew­ards of the peo­ple, ma­te­ri­als and nat­u­ral re­sources they work with.

“So­cial en­ter­prises in Malaysia re­quire greater sup­port and recog­ni­tion of the work they are do­ing. They are cre­at­ing so­cial im­pact while seek­ing to build sus­tain­able busi­ness mod­els, thereby re­duc­ing the bur­den on the govern­ment and do­ing it with­out long-term de­pen­dence on do­na­tions,” says the founder of Earth Heir who traded a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in in­vest­ment bank­ing for so­cial en­trepreneur­ship, cham­pi­oning lo­cal ar­ti­sans and marginalised com­mu­ni­ties.

Hav­ing de­vel­oped a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all things hand­made, Sa­si­bai’s foray into eth­i­cal part­ner­ships and sus­tain­abil­ity has also im­pacted her life on a per­sonal scale, prompt­ing her to think about her con­sump­tion habits and be­ing con­tent with liv­ing with less. “It’s strange but the big­gest joy I have right now is find­ing greater peace in my heart,” says Sa­si­bai who cred­its her new­found pur­pose and mis­sion as her big­gest mo­ti­va­tor in life.

Her vi­sion for Earth Heir en­com­passes es­tab­lish­ing a well-known Malaysian her­itage brand that we can all be proud of. “We are pas­sion­ate about ecosys­tem build­ing, in the ar­eas of so­cial en­ter­prise, de­sign and her­itage and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment.”

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