LAINA GREENE (RIGHT), 53, AND AUDREY TAN, 30, CO-FOUNDERS OF ANGELS OF IMPACT
What started out as a mentorship for Audrey would quickly blossom into something more under the guidance of Laina. While these two women are from completely diverse backgrounds and are separated by a generation, the kindred spirits found they had more in common than differences: They both believe in “creating a world without poverty in unity with women”. To drive home their passion, they started Angels of Impact, a social movement that supports female-led social businesses in the region.
“Poverty is the key root behind a lot of other problems. And if you only had one dollar to spend, who would you spend it on?” asks Laina. “The data shows that you should invest it in women because women put 90 per cent of their income into the family and the community. Women are a good investment.”
The duo look at women entrepreneurs for their multiplier impact as they serve many more women. “We support them in two key ways. First is market access – we open doors and find customers for them to have their products and services integrated into corporate companies,” explains Audrey. “The second thing that we do is we help flow funding to these women entrepreneurs, who are struggling to get access to funds.” As of now, the movement works with 8 women social entrepreneurs across Asia.
[Laina] It’s wonderful being a woman because… “while we still have far to go, we are coming to a time when women are finally allowed to shine – we are empathetic and have intuitive leadership skills that can help us succeed in uncertain times.”
[Audrey] It’s wonderful being a woman because… “of our femininity and the bonds of sisterhood we cultivate.”
All jewellery from PANDORA. Audrey (left) wears Nida Shay and Laina’s dress is from Warehouse.