Traveling The World Inspired Me To Become A Social Entrepreneur

My dream was a world where no child should live in poverty and have an equal opportunity like other children to dream.

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I started my journey three years ago as  a social entrepreneur when I decided to shake up my life of retirement. After finishing my design branding business and having the life that everyone dreams of, I travelled the world, took up all those hobbies I never had time for whilst moving to the country to live on acreage in the beautiful southern highlands of Sydney.

 

Life was good however there seemed to be something missing and that is when one day in 2014, a day I can so vividly remember, the course of my life would change forever! My dream was a world where no child should live in poverty and have an equal opportunity like other children to dream.

 

With that burning desire to chase my dream, my social enterprise, Moeloco was born. We manufacture a rubber flip flop as its called in most parts of the world, although us Aussies refer to this footwear as thongs and I could no longer bear that raised eyebrow when I previously said I ran a thong business. We give a pair of school shoes to an Indian child in poverty with every pair of Moeloco sold. Did you know children without shoes  cannot attend school because they have no shoes in case they may spread disease through their feet to the other students?

 

 

During my three years of running Moeloco, I began to understand quickly that three is a very low awareness of social enterprises and often we are confused as being a charity.

 

We are definitely not that, instead we use trade to generate a profit that can then be used to fund the causes we support. Being a social entrepreneur at such a young stage of this emerging business sector has been very challenging and this has led me to realise my role in helping raise further awareness and play a part in a bigger vision I now have.

 

Here is this new vision

My Dream Crazy is a world where everything we consume, whether it be a service or product has a positive impact on humanity. I want to share, inspire and educate people to be part of a movement of businesses who are doing this.

 

Why

The world is filled with many serious problems at the moment and people are searching for good news, connection and purpose. Most people want to make a difference, it is a very deep human desire. Consumers have so much power and can drive the revolution in supporting ethical businesses to flourish so that they become the mainstream and just the accepted norm for how we all live. If we provide education to the public then I believe more people will get on board with this vision.

 

 

Crazy Dreamers TV is born

Creating a web TV show is my new project that has me interviewing social entrepreneurs around the world sharing why they do what they do and how they do it. The show is aired through Fb live and uploaded to You Tube. I launched the show when I left Sydney to travel the world for the next six months, visiting at least 12 countries to bring these stories to the public whilst sharing my own personal stories of being on the road as a digital nomad and my own change maker experiences too. I am curious to explore the differences from country to country and see how that may influence social enterprise development too.

 

You can find the show fortnightly being streamed here.

Our YouTube channel is here.

 

 

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Kathy Wong

Kathy Wong

Founder at Moeloco
Kathy is the founder of the social impact brand Moeloco. Moeloco is a buy one give one social enterprise directly impacting poverty.
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Kathy is the founder of the social impact brand Moeloco. Moeloco is a buy one give one social enterprise directly impacting poverty.

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