Welcome to Wonder Woman Wednesday! Every Wednesday we feature women who are using their business or work as a force for good. The intention behind this blog is to raise awareness on the impact of doing good and to inspire others to think of ways in which they too can use their business or work as a force for good. By doing this we hope we will be creating a better community one business at a time and leaving this world a little bit better than we found it for future generations.

Tell us about your business and how you use your work as a force for good?

The Underground Collaborative provides employment and housing solutions for the homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged. We plan on addressing homelessness in 3 ways:

  1. Employ – our first initiative is a coffee cart, Grounded, where we will train and employ those marginalised to become baristas.
  2. Empower – I have a vision which sees our wider community empowered, to empower those less fortunate. Through supporting our initiative, the community are able to connect to the cause, and are empowered to make a difference to someone’s life, with the visibility to see first-hand the impact they’re making.
  3. Educate – I am passionate about breaking stigmas and raising awareness throughout our community  
  4. As the Dalai Lama describes, ‘a force for good’ is an action inspired by genuine concern with others. Through all of the above, we hope to use our work as a force for good, to inspire action through a collaborative effort.

What led you to using your business as a force for good?

As a social enterprise, we are a business that exists purely with the intention to tackle social problems, improve communities, and provide people access to training and employment. 

The Underground Collaborative was born after time was spent in a 110 hectare garbage dump in Jakarta, and a two month trip to Africa, where the intensity of poverty and need for more social change was brought to life. As someone who had always been passionate about international aid, and social impact, I knew I couldn’t continue what I was doing, and I had to do more.

As such, last October 2017, I quit my job as an accountant and dedicated my time to not only starting up The Underground Collaborative, but also to doing more – more social good, volunteering and being a better person.

Even though I haven’t had an income for nearly a year now, and there are personal and professional challenges as a result of this, along with general start up life ‘woes’, I am infinitely happier because this is my passion.

What inspires you to make a difference in the lives of others?

My parents went through hell and high water to bring a young family of 7 to Australia from Malaysia. Their life became a sequence of sacrifices to ensure their 5 girls had a better life.

Out of respect and love for these sacrifices they made, I dedicated to ensuring I made the most of my life, and to making sure I would make the greatest difference in the lives of others, as possible.

What is one act that anyone can do today to make this world a better place?

Immerse yourself in life – not just your own, but the lives of others. Only then can we better understand and appreciate the beauty of what we have.

Live your life to the fullest, for those who can’t. For the children who have cancer, or are victims of human slavery. For the people who suffer from health conditions and aren’t able to take joy in the simple pleasures. Love wholeheartedly – for those whose voices are muted and don’t have the freedom to choose who they marry. Vote – for those that don’t have that luxury to shape the direction of our country’s leaders. Be grateful for your freedom – whatever this means for you.

Find out more about Katie and the work she does HERE

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