An American drives preservation of Malaysia's heritage craft and creates better future for underprivileged women

March 5, 2018

THIS is a quote that Amy Blair, the chief executive officer and founder of The Batik Boutique, holds dear. It's a reminder that anything is possible with a little effort and the right opportunities."If someone were to have told me a few years ago that I'd be running an award-winning social enterprise to empower women from low-income communities in Malaysia, I wouldn't have believed it," begins Blair, as we settle into our seats at a cafe located just next to her retail store. "But look at how far we've come after five years of putting our hearts into what we believe in?"The Batik Boutique is a burgeoning social enterprise that has seen the opening of its first physical store at Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur in December last year; the graduation of yet another team of dedicated seamstresses in January this year; and numerous unexpected collaborations with many top businesses in the country as well as in America.