28 Kim Lim

Pro­vid­ing a So­lu­tion

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For Kim Lim, one of the most re­ward­ing parts about run­ning The Picha Project is see­ing the lives of the refugee fam­i­lies chang­ing for the bet­ter. A so­cial en­ter­prise that was es­tab­lished after the founders wit­nessed refugee stu­dents drop­ping out from learn­ing cen­tres due to fi­nan­cial and fam­ily rea­sons, The Picha Project aims to em­power them through the sus­tain­able busi­ness of cater­ing and de­liv­er­ing tra­di­tional food from their home­lands.

But The Picha Project is not the only en­deav­our Kim has ven­tured into; she is also the co-founder of E-llu­mi­nate, an­other ini­tia­tive that also em­pow­ers the refugee com­mu­nity by plac­ing qual­ity teach­ers, pro­vid­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing and in­still­ing en­trepreneur­ship in refugee learn­ing cen­tres. “You have to un­der­stand the prob­lem of the com­mu­nity be­fore com­ing up with any so­lu­tions in or­der to maximise the po­ten­tial of your so­lu­tions, re­sources and en­ergy. Be gritty and grind hard,” ad­vises Kim.

A win­ner of The Edge’s In­spir­ing Young Leader Awards in 2017, she was also a del­e­gate of the In­ter­na­tional Lead­er­ship Pro­gram un­der The Prince’s Trust In­ter­na­tional. When asked about what keeps her go­ing, she an­swers sim­ply, “See­ing more and more kids get­ting qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and hav­ing the power to change their lives.”

The Picha Project is look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of this year’s Ur­ban­scapes, Malaysia’s longest-run­ning cre­ative arts fes­ti­val – a move that Kim says will change how they raise aware­ness about refugee is­sues in Malaysia.

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