Biji Biji Initiative

Biji Biji Initiative: We build things!

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Year Founded:
2012
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We use discarded materials to create new products, builds and art installations. We also highly encourage collaborations, and we share all our designs with the public. Anybody can visit our Open Workshop and use our tools, materials and space to turn their ideas into reality.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

we gave you all the tools to turn your idea into reality and helped you to build it?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There are many good ideas out there. Some of these ideas could even disrupt society and make great changes possible: changes towards collaboration, sustainability and leaving more positive environmental and social impact. But how many of these ideas escape from the brain-space and make it into reality? Too few! People are sometimes too shy and protective of their ideas, or sometimes they don't have the time, money or space to try it out...

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

No more! At Biji Biji, we run an Open Workshop. Here, we have tools and expertise available for members of the public to explore. We also have a collection of waste materials which we have salvaged from around the city- as our mission is to raise awareness about the urban waste problem! With our pillars of sustainability and collaboration, we encourage everyone to explore their ideas and to try and turn them into reality with our help where needed. We strongly believe that two ideas are better than one, and that with a little help from our friends, we can solve many problems together while leaving a great positive impact on the environment!
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

From a team of four, we now proudly employ up to 50 people during projects

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have reduced the waste in our community and city, collaborated with 23 other community organisations, and we support the local economy by buying from local suppliers only.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We'd like to move to education: conducting workshops throughout the country. This way we can empower people to start their own makers communities or initiatives which will greater bigger social and environmental impact.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As well as promoting sustainable living through our Open Workshop, we also offer custom workshops, upcycled products and art installations to our clients. These engagements help us to spread the message further while covering our expenses and allowing us to invest in any additional tools.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are some NGOs and government agencies addressing the issue of urban waste, and we will do anything in our power to support them in achieving their goals. For example, the government is launching separated waste collection next year and we'd love to see this be a raving success! Other organisations who offer similar products or services as us as seen as collaborators, not competitors. Our collaborative and inclusive model means that we try to work together with as many parties as possible, as this will only allow our impact to grow!
Team

Founding Story

We were all living together- and after work we would come home and talk about the happening of the day, politics, the economy, the world's problems and its solutions. After some time, we realised we were doing just that- talking. And many people were talking with us. We starting to imagine the effect it would have, if all these talkers became doers. That's when we decided to make that first move.

Team

We are a team of 4 founders, and today our core team consists of 10 full-time members. For big project and campaigns, we can grow up to 50 people working on a project at any one time. The founders have background in: - Accounting & Finance - Community Development - Physics - Literature Our full team mixes together a really diverse set of talents, which allows us to solve many problems and build almost anything!
About You
About You
First Name

Rashvin

Last Name

Pal Singh

About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, KL, Kuala Lumpur

Country where this project is creating social impact

, KL, Kuala Lumpur

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Customers, Other.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

British Council Arthur Guinness Fund: Entrepreneurs for Good (2013)
Shell Sustainable Development Grant (2014)
Alliance Bank SME Innovation Challenge - nr. 1 champion (2014)

Where have you learnt about the competition?

From our partners at the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects.

Tell us about your partnerships:
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We are looking to expand our workshop, as we are facing a space constraint. We plan to speak to developers or the city council to ask them to assign us a space. If it proves impossible, we will try to find a suitable space within our budget.

Comments

Hi!
Nice to check your facebook and your project!

bijibijibiji that's quite interesting!

Btw,i visited kuala lumpur several times