What do a music teacher, clinical therapist in the making and a finance graduate have in common? On paper, it may not seem like much but, for the trio behind The Picha Project – Kim Lim, Suzanne Ling and Lee Swee Lin – it was their innate desire to do something to help others that brought them together to start this very social enterprise.
In fact, for Lim, the brains behind The Picha Project, starting her own business was never on the cards – she had seen firsthand the struggles of getting one off the ground as her parents were doing so, and she made up her mind that she would never want to go through that. She went in the complete opposite direction and picked up music, teaching others in her personal capacity. Her skills even landed her a role as a guitarist on the Ola Bola movie score, but her music making has since had to take a backseat, what with the running of The Picha Project taking so much of her time. She doesn’t see that as a setback, though.
“As refugees, they do not have the luxury of coming out to work and we wanted to do something about it. So, we went back to the most basic need – people need to eat and these refugees can cook. That’s how we decided to start a business out of it.”- Co-Founder Suzanne Ling