We are currently working with The Stepping Stone Centre. They are a part of Asia Community Service’s Support Centre for Community Living project on Penang Island. Their aim is to challenge society’s perceptions by offering work opportunities to people with disabilities.
We love their motto: “See our Abilities, not our Disabilities”. We first started working with Stepping Stone in 2009. Our shared project was their dish wash soap made from recycled cooking oil. We improved the quality of this solid soap and their daily production capacity. Indochine Natural distributes the dish wash soap through a chain of organic stores in Malaysia. It has become a “must have” item in the many kitchens throughout the country. Product sales provide well-earned income to this group of disabled workers. The sales also deliver a healthy dose of self-esteem too.
Our next project with the Stepping Stone Centre was to make a household cleaning liquid. Again, using recycled cooking oil. Indochine Natural provided training over several months at the Stepping Stone Centre. Members are now able to produce this product themselves. Again, this provides work and income earning opportunities. We distribute this household cleaning liquid through a chain of organic stores in Malaysia. Exports have been made to Singapore, the USA, and Japan.