SGO’s South East Asia social enterprise and for-purpose library

Organisations and enterprises across South East Asia, and how you can support and connect with them.

Many of these organisations we’ve met and worked with through our public diplomacy programs, and others from travels and research.

Many are chosen because we can support, shop, attend online classes and interact from here in Australia as well as when we can visit in person.

Want to suggest one? Email us

Looking to show your support through shopping?

We’ve curated a list that at time of publication shipped to Australia (or Worldwide), for your gifting or shopping enjoyment!

TOHE

Vietnam
Tohe is a social enterprise established in 2006 with the mission of creating a creative playground for disadvantaged children. Through weekly playgrounds, Tohe gives children the opportunity to learn and experience creative and artistic activities on a variety of media. Their paintings are selected, redesigned and applied to decorate fashion and lifestyle products. 5% of product sales are returned directly to the child artists who authored the paintings used.
How you can support: Follow on instagram https://www.instagram.com/tohe.style/ or buy online. Unknown if they ship internationally.

Mekong Quilts

Vietnam
Since 2001, Mekong Quilts is a social enterprise acting for sustainable employment of under-privileged women in Vietnam and Cambodia, by creating high-quality products, respectful of the planet. Our clothes are made of natural linen or cotton, all our papier-maché products are 100% made of recycled newspaper, and we have a big collection of natural hand-braided water hyacinth bags. But one of our most original products in terms of material used, is the bamboo bike. As resistant as a bike made of steel but… natural!
How you can support: Buy from their online store - they ship internationally.

Ock Pop Tok

Laos
Ock Pop Tok (East meets West in Lao) was founded by women and is run by women for the women of Laos. We started small and have kept innovating over the years mixing our eastern traditions with our western flair. Our most valuable assets remain our people. We share the same will to keep the textile traditions of Laos alive and thriving.
How you can support: Buy their beautiful textile clothes, homewares and gifts from their online store (ships internationally)

Wat Than Artisans

Cambodia
Watthan Artisans Cambodia is a local social enterprise that has been established in 2004 as a showcase of talents for Cambodian disabled artisans.
How you can support: Buy from their store if you're in Cambodia - they may do online shopping too.

Green Hub

Vietnam
GreenHub connects communities and resources to embrace green lifestyle practices, sustainable production and natural conservation.
How you can support: Follow on instagram https://www.instagram.com/greenhubvn/ or visit their site to see current projects.

Future Forum

Cambodia
Future Forum is an independent think tank generating new thinking for a new Cambodia. Our vision: A just, democratic, dynamic, and prosperous Cambodia shaped by the needs of its people.
How you can support: Read Future Forum's very well researched and written publications on the future of Cambodia and policy: https://www.futureforum.asia/publications

Big BWN Project

Brunei
Big BWN Project focuses on youth development projects and young entrepreneurs, by creating platforms and projects for exposure to build their brands and businesses, and also giving those established online to be able to have an offline relationship with their potential customers. Along with its many national initiatives and campaigns in support of Brunei’s vision of ‘Wawasan 2035’ to create economic opportunities and to empower the local community, youth, entrepreneurs and women.
How you can support: Follow on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigbwnproject/

HeartWrite

Brunei
Writing and connecting since 2015! At our core, Heartwrite connects causes with communities so if you have a tale to tell that aims to create a beneficial impact the best you know how, please get in touch. We were born out of the idea that stories are necessary for advocacy, change and creating links between people.
How you can support: Follow on social media - sometimes they have online events to attend, like literary festivals.

The Collective Art Events

Brunei
Using creativity + community to make the world better🌻. The Collective has worked on numerous events that aim to showcase arts and social causes in Brunei.
How you can support: Follow on instagram

Fish Island Community Arts Centre

Cambodia
The Fish Island Community Arts Centre is an exciting social enterprise created by Kek Soon and the team at KAMA, Cambodia. Fish Island Arts Centre brings real grassroots community development through great cuisine, arts, & culture.
How you can support: Go on Fish Island's culinary tours and cooking classes in Cambodia.

SHE Investments

Cambodia
Women run 61% of the businesses in Cambodia. But most of them are informal and micro-sized. We want to change this. SHE (Support Her Enterprise) is a social enterprise in Cambodia. We support women with micro, small and growing businesses to scale, creating social and economic impact for communities. Our goal is a gender balance in the Small - Medium Enterprise (SME) sector: more women running larger, sustainable, and impactful businesses.
How you can support: Partner with SHE Investments at https://www.sheinvestments.com/#partners

Wine Haus Laos

Laos
Wine Haus Laos specialises in natural wines in Laos (and now Bangkok).
How you can support: Follow their instagram and their sister business Wine Haus BKK https://www.instagram.com/winehaus.bkk/

We try to make sure all details are accurate but in some cases they may change.