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Combining Fashion and Philanthropy

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Khaled Amru (YES 2009-2010, Malaysia, placed with PAX in Berryville, VA) works as Content Editor for the social enterprise Havan Clothing. YES Malaysia alumni recently interviewed him for their alumni blog

Can you tell us more about Havan Clothing?

We’re a social enterprise that believes in doing good for our community. Our business model is that we sell apparel, of which some profits go towards funding our own Emotional Intelligence (EQ) programs for shelter homes and underprivileged children around the Klang Valley. Currently, we benefit almost 50 children in 4 shelter homes around the Klang Valley, with expansion to more once we have the funds.

The designs on our t-shirts are inspired by the drawings made by our shelter home kids in their classes, so they’re unique and one of a kind!

Our big promise: Each product sold = At least one learning hour for our shelter home kids and our EQ programs.

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How did you become a part of the core team of Havan Clothing?

Honestly, it started with a Facebook ad that was advertising Havan’s products. Intrigued, I then visited their site and found that they were actually not hiring at the time. Tempted to try my luck, I applied, and lo and behold I got the job. After a while of working there and after the probationary period, I was then given an opportunity to be part of the core team. Needless to say, I took it!

How did being a participant of the YES program inspire you and your work in Havan Clothing?

Being part of the YES program has taught me to “dare to try.” I don’t think I would have ever taken the leap of faith needed to join a startup, of course with some due diligence and research first. YES has also taught me to think from different viewpoints and to appreciate other’s opinions, which is incredibly necessary when you’re working with such a small team of strong-willed individuals.

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Do you have advice for YES alumni interested in being social entrepreneurs?

YES! (pun intended)

Being in a startup, particularly a social enterprise, is much like being on the YES program. In the beginning, you will have “culture shock,” and will probably go through a roller coaster of emotions. But if you push hard, and adapt to the different situations, tough negotiations, and learn the culture, you’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, I can’t speak to every single social enterprise, but generally starting something new is a challenge, but one that’ll pay off with the right people!

Thanks to Khaled for sharing his knowledge and experiences. Check out Havan Clothing at their Instagram and Facebook.