KUALA LUMPUR, 19 May 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected almost every individual and business locally, and to help smaller businesses like social enterprises support their social missions during this health crisis and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Hong Leong Bank will be assisting SURI lifestyle (SURI), a denim upcycling social enterprise with social procurement to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for medical frontliners at Klang hospital.
Hong Leong will be subsidising labour costs to enable SURI to continue generating a sustainable income for their beneficiaries who are underprivileged and single mothers, so that they can weather the pandemic.
SURI is an alumna of HLB Jumpstart, the Bank’s CSR platform that aims to help Malaysian social enterprises build long term businesses by extending and sharing financial knowledge, tools and digitization of operations, branding and marketing, commercialization of products and volunteerism.
Just like many small businesses and social enterprises, SURI has also been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Ever since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), SURI has not received any new orders for its denim products and this has affected the income stream of the single mothers.
In order to continue providing a sustainable livelihood for them, SURI adapted to the situation by leveraging on their sewing skills to produce PPE suits for medical frontliners.
SURI plans to produce 600 pieces of gowns, 800 pieces of hoods and 800 pairs of boots. The labour cost subsidy Hong Leong is providing will enable them to grow their team from three to 10 single mothers which will enable them to ramp up production of the PPE suits, considering that hospitals across the country are quickly running out of supply.
For individuals or corporates looking to support SURI in any way, you can reach Sally Ahmad, Founder of SURI at [email protected] or [email protected] or visit their Instagram account, @surilifestyle.
Social Enterprises that are looking for support in sustaining their cause and business can write in to [email protected] or visit https://www.hlb.com.my/en/personal-banking/about-us/csr.html
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