YAP SUE YII
Founder & CEO, Komuniti Tukang Jahit
Yap Sue Yii founded Komuniti Tukang Jahit (KTJ) in 2018 amid running her first fashion start-up business Royal Demure. In the process of tackling operation issues, she saw an opportunity to establish a social enterprise that enables home-based tailors to earn a sustainable income through sewing. KTJ sources and provides job opportunities to a community of B40 women through the delivery of handmade gift items from corporate gifts and fashion items to tourist souvenirs.
To budding entrepreneurs, Sue Yii advises, “Always have heart. Not just kindness but have the heart to see through sacrifice, delayed gratification and suffering too. Most times, people only see the fancy-bright and glamorous side of running a business.” She works tirelessly to upskill more women in the community, which requires support from corporate clients and customers but has seen the payoff in empowering women to work from home while taking care of their families. “Awareness of social enterprises is crucial for the longevity of the enterprise,” Sue Yii explains. She notes that it is always a challenge to draw attention to advocacy efforts, but knows it is important not to give up.
While admitting that the journey has had challenges, Sue Yii stays motivated. “When you find purpose and reason for the big why then work would not be work. Furthermore, when the work you do impacts others – your purpose is strengthened,” she explains. The young social entrepreneur also embraces learning lessons through failure, “In every failure, we learn tenacity, strength and grit. Adapt and move fast.”
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