ABOUT US

Bamboo Builders is a distinctive social enterprise that builds social entrepreneurs. We do this by working with urban and rural schools throughout Southeast Asia to build future-ready leaders of character who are community-grounded, yet relevant for the ASEAN region.

With a vision to alleviate poverty through improving education access, Bamboo Builders trains, and mentors rural youths to initiate school-based businesses that help subsidize school overheads and students’ expenses.

In Singapore, Bamboo Builders harnesses experiences gleaned abroad to equip local budding social entrepreneurs with problem-solving mindsets and skills through field applications.

To date, Bamboo Builders' food waste program has diverted to beneficiaries in need more than 2730kg of food in Singapore. It has also trained more than 500 young adults from seven countries, initiating more than 15 social projects regionally. Also, it has successfully incepted 9 social enterprises, 4 of which are in rural Vietnam and Myanmar.

Our Story

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FOUNDER'S STORY

At 12, I went on my first overseas community project to Chiang Mai where we conducted a feeding program on a rural mountain. A little girl of 6 came, carrying her little brother in a cloth bundle on her back. In her little hands she held a broken, dirty Styrofoam piece as a plate to receive the food. Luckily, we had disposable plates, so we gave them that. She then placed her brother on the ground and fed him first. While doing that, a grain of rice fell onto the sand. She stared at it for awhile, then picked it up, and ate it. That picture stuck with me all the way until now.

Since then, from multiple trips abroad, I've discovered that the root cause of hunger is educational inequality. With a vision to alleviate poverty through accentuated education access, Bamboo Builders trains and mentors rural youths to initiate school-based businesses that help subsidize school overheads and students’ expenses. In Singapore, Bamboo Builders harnesses experiences gleaned abroad to equip local budding social entrepreneurs with problem-solving mindsets and lifeskills through field applications. Recognized as a Community Partner with schools, SUSS students undergo Bamboo Builders’ curriculum to fulfil their graduating criteria. These programs are adapted for other local schools as well.

To date, Bamboo Builders has successfully incepted 9 social enterprises, 4 of which are in rural Vietnam and Myanmar. It has also trained more than 500 young adults from seven countries, initiating more than 15 social projects regionally. In Singapore, Bamboo Builders’ food waste program has diverted more than 2730kg of food otherwise gone to waste to beneficiaries in need.

Gabriel, Founder

- Recognised as Edge's 35Under35 Inspiring Enterprenuer 

Meet the Team

Gabriel Tan

Strategy & Programme

Innovation

Shermin Liew

Finance & Operations

Sunbin Back

Marketing

Ng Ying 

Curriculum Development & Marketing 

Yuin Chi

Local Business Development & Operations

Xinru

Marketing

Katherine Khoo

Local Business Development 

Nina Gaby

Marketing

Ke Wei Lee

Marketing & Operations

Ashlee

Marketing & Operations

Terence

Marketing & Operations

Shimin

Marketing & Operations

Charis

Curriculum Development & Marketing

Timothy

Curriculum Development & Operations

Sahiti

Business Development & Marketing

"Apart from our immediate team, we would like to thank our partner organisations and volunteers

who have contributed to our cause.

We are grateful to individuals who have given us their support and encouragement. Their involvement and participation in our events and huddles are greatly appreciated and have largely contributed towards the success
of our events.

We would also like to thank past interns who have dedicated their time and effort in working towards our cause."