ABOUT US ————————-
As a corporate foundation accredited by ASEAN, Maybank Foundation is the main vehicle for corporate responsibility across Maybank Group. Maybank Foundation’s mandate is to create positive, long-term impact in communities in the markets where Maybank operates. It strives to identify programmes that will have the most tangible and sustainable results.
Maybank Foundation’s programme are focused on six key pillars which are Education, Community Empowerment, Healthy Living, Arts & Culture, Environmental Diversity and Disaster Relief. Under the Group’s sustainability strategy framework, one of the main commitments is to improve the lives of 1 million households across ASEAN by 2025. To date, more than 200,000 beneficiaries have benefitted through initiatives and programmes of Maybank Foundation.
Maybank Women Eco-Weavers supports women weavers from marginalized communities with the aim of reviving and sustaining traditional weaving practices in ASEAN countries. Such textiles produced are works of art that represent the heritage of their respective countries, yet the women weavers who sustain these traditional crafts often struggle to survive in modern times. The women in this programme receive access to training, capacity-building and microfinance, which helps them and their families to become economically independent.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
AHPADA, the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association is an ASEAN accredited civil society organization. Over its 40-year history, it has worked to create an awareness of Southeast Asian craft products and its artisans, and to act as a regional forum for craft organizations and practitioners in ASEAN member states to address issues concerning the revitalization, promotion and development of crafts. AHPADA also initiated the UNESCO-AHPADA Seal of Excellence, now renamed the Award of Excellence administered by the World Crafts Council, to create international awareness of Southeast Asian handicrafts. Recent events co-organized by AHPADA with a focus on indigenous weaving traditions include the 2019 WEFT Forum in Kuching, Malaysia and the World Ikat Textiles Symposiums in Jakarta, Indonesia (2019); Khon Kaen, Thailand (2018); and Kuching, Malaysia (2017). AHPADA-affiliated designers have also been active in digital fashion weeks in 2020 and 2021.
Tanoti, is a Malaysian accredited social enterprise dedicated towards heritage craft preservation, women empowerment and rural community building. Within its atelier in Kuching, Sarawak, Tanoti’s 18 weaver artisans specialise in the songket or supplementary weft weaving. This progressive collective of songket weavers are highly skilled and continuously push the boundaries in handicraft and in weaving. Tanoti has been participating in fashion showcases locally and internationally since 2016, both physically and virtually.