Friday, 23 January 2015

We change the world one scarf at a time


When I decided to help Karma, it was on the strength of support of good friends like Robin, Candy, Tracy, Polly etc. At same time, many also pour cold water over me - say "you have never run a social enterprise, handicraft can't sell much, your sale price too low you will not survive, your ladies are uneducated and won't learn business..." Actually the cold water was a lot, sometimes from industry experts or social entrepreneur gurus.

Still my love for Karma is strong and I endured those naysayers and plod on. In my heart I said, One Scarf. One Hope. All I have to do is sell one scarf. 



In January 2015, 300 scarfs have gone into the hands of their happy new owners. And 100 more is ordered. 400 units is a super small number for many businesses. Minuscule. But for us, especially me who thought i can only sell 10 scarfs for Karma, 400 a month blows my mind. (want to add, one friend Helen Pu helped market 200 of the 400!!) 

This morning, I woke up thinking. What about February? Can I sell 10 for Karma? Fear crept into my heart, the naysayers haunting words came back again. And I say to myself, One scarf at a time. One scarf at a time". 


Pic of one of the 47 weavers attending WOW Training in Thimphu Bhutan on 23 Jan 2015, the workshop fully sponsored by Ana by Karma. WOW stands for Women Overarchievers Weavers Training, the first of its kind workshop. 


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Lucky Guess Competition - Win a Free Gift for CNY


 LUCKY GUESS COMPETITION
         幸运竞猜

上面的袋子里共有多少个财神? 赶快参与竞猜。每人仅有一次竞猜的机会,因此请大家在提交答案前认真思考。

How many God of Fortune in this bag? Make a lucky guess. Everyone gets one chance to guess, so think carefully before you send in your answer.

The bag is 21cm X 30cm. 袋子尺寸 21cm X 30cm

第一位猜出正确答案的将赢得Ana by Karma幸福围巾一条,中国或香港地区, 马来西亚免运费The first one to get the number right wins one FREE Happy Scarf from Ana by Karma, and it is free delivery in Hong Kong, China & of course to my Malaysian folks la (less you dont let me come through immigration during CNY). 

  Competition ends on 20 January 2015 midnight. 
Forward to your friends and see who is the luckiest of them all.
Happy guessing. 竞猜将于2015120日凌晨截止。欢迎转发链接,看谁是你周围最幸运的人。快乐竞猜。


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WHO IS ANA BY KARMA?
Ana by Karma 是谁?

Ana by Karma Social Enterprise connects illiterate, underprivileged women weavers in Bhutan to a world of opportunities, by empowering them to sell their handmade scarfs internationally. All scarfs are hand made in Bhutan. 
Ana by Karma社会企业以帮助一群未受过教育的、贫困的不丹女性手工编织者为宗旨,授权将她们的手工围巾销往国际市场。所有围巾均为不丹手工编织。


WE CREATE WOW EXPERIENCE 我们创造WOW经历

In 2014, almost two thirds of the proceeds is channeled back to Bhutan to cover their wages, raw material, logistics cost and related. A further 20%of the proceeds is allocated to fund their training and development workshop - called WOW (Women Overachievers Workshop), the first of which is conducted in Jan 2015 for weavers. 

2014年,近2/3的收益返回不丹以支付她们的薪水,原材料,物流成本,或其他相关费用。还有20%的收益用于资助她们的培训和发展工作坊-又称WOW(杰出编织者工作坊),第一期培训将于20151月启动。

WOW Training Program equips our illiterate weavers with enhanced weaving skills, learn to be financial independent, quality control and standard operating procedures. The Institute of Management Studies www.ims.edu.bt in Bhutan is commissioned to deliver WOW. In the first workshop, 60 weavers are trained, including weavers who come from far flung villages - some took 6 days to/fro travel to attend the workshop. This is the first time the weavers attend class (or school), a "wow" experience for them, if not life changing. 

WOW培训课程目标:帮助我们未受过教育的编织者们提高她们的编织技能,学会财务独立,质量控制以及标准运营流程。不丹管理学院(网址:www.ims.edu.bt是实施此课程的合作机构。第一期课程将有60名不丹编织者参与,其中有的来自很偏远的村庄 —— 她们为了参与培训,来回路上需要花费6天的时间。对于这些编织者们来说,这是她们第一次走进课堂,即使不能改变她们的命运,也是一次非常“WOW”的经历。


WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF YOUR SUPPORT?
您的支持将带来什么改变?

The weavers are upgraded from no /little income to low income since they became part of Ana by Karma. As every scarf you purchase gives them one day of work. In 2014, the proceeds from June to Dec that went back to Bhutan is equivalent to almost 10 of years of what a low income family in Bhutan would earn. And now for the first time in their lives, they attend school, an impossible dream for many of them. 

加入Ana by Karma后,编织者们从无收入者升级为低收入者。你每购买一条围巾,将带给她们一天的工作。20146-12月返回不丹的收益相当于一个低收入不丹家庭约10年的收入。而如今,她们还将获得人生历程中的第一次课堂学习机会,这对她们中的许多人来说都是不可能实现的梦想。

Let's change the world, one scarf at a time.
让我们携手改变世界,一条围巾,一份希望! 

    GET ONE SCARF :: GIVE ONE HOPE


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Fortune be with you always


The "God" of Fortune 财神 must be the most loved god of all in my family when I was young. Sleepy as we kids were, grandma would insist we stay awake til midnight on Chinese New Year eve to welcome him. And welcome him we did, at stroke of midnight, firecrackers boomed and crackled. A great fanfare no other gods enjoyed. grandma would then reward us with sweets. 

Many many many years later I came across the 财神 again, although in a very different way. 

Our company just expanded and opened a nice new little office in one of the tier two cities of China. Quite quickly, two "tough looking" chaps dropped by, arms decorated with the most colourful tattoos,  holding a rather big porcelain 财神 as a "office warming gift" (who said we invited them?) I was tempted to set the firecrackers on them! But instead, returned the gesture with a big smile and a nice box of chocolates which I happened to have brought from Hong Kong. This suitably impressed the tough boys to leave us without extorting us an arm and a leg, to the amused surprise of our local staff. Maybe it was my bad putonghua that frightened them off. 

From then on, it renewed my interest in the 财神 Each Chinese New Year, I will scour for some nice looking God of Fortune to give as well meaning presents on such auspicious celebrations. 

This year, the first 100 lucky customers of Ana by Karma will receive a mini 财神 with the purchase of a CNY series of red scarf. 

No need to stay up to midnight to wait for him anymore  And if you are opening an office in a tier two city in China, put my 财神 at your front door to show that I am "protecting" you already. Hahaha






Monday, 29 December 2014

Your Magic Book

Written

2013-10-28  QuinSQ  Art of Flying

Quite a few people have asked me "What is this magic book you talk about? Does it teach you magic skills?" 

 

It doesn't teach us how to make coins disappear and rabbits appear out of hats, but it does magically transform our lives. 

 

So, what is a Magic Book and how did I create this idea?

(Above picture: My magic book)


I was in London in August this year and met up with a long time friend,Colette. Always a happy, cheerful and optimistic gal, this time we met, she was facing some tall challenges in life. So I said "Let s have a Magic Session to help propel you forward into your dreams!"  

 

"Oh yes. Let's", was her enthusiastic reply. 

 

The next morning we met for breakfast in a cozy little cafe in Hammersmith, and the first thing I did was to twirl my fingers in the cool English air, explaining to Colette that I was sprinkling magic dust. 

 

"Aha, so - that s what you are doing, Tinkerbell," my amused friend remarked. 

 

And then, I pointed to the black notebook, and said with a whisper "Thiiiiis....is your magic book." I took a ball point pen from my bag and slowly handed it to Colette, whose eyes are larger than saucers by now, and added,"this is your magic pen. You will write with this magic pen into your magic book all the dreams and wishes you want to come true, and it will appear like magic." 


Above Picture: Pretty Colette happily yet seriously filling the book with her dreams.

 

Since that wonderful magical morning, quite many of Colette's wildest dreams and long held wishes have come true. Some appeared in a few hours after she wrote them (they came true in front of my eyes), others in a matter of days and some in a week or two. 

 

This October when I am in London, again, Colette proudly showed me her new workplace. It's the dream job she wrote in the first page of her magic book, described with much details - even down to the name of the company. Housed in an old church, refurbished in milk white and complete with doors and windows that almost reach the sky, I joked with my dear friend that this must be what it feels like to work in heaven! Indeed, my friend replied with a twinkle in her eye. 

Colette's new office, if this isnt like working in heaven, what is?

 

And what's more inspiring is that after she started work, Colette decided to add a few more minor details into her magic book and that too took less than a week to materialise. Oh yes, less than a week! A new smartphone. A new 21 inch touch screen. A new assistant. She names it, she gets it. How much more magical can it be?


Below picture: My bear checks out the cool piece of technology.

 

Coming back to the magic book.

 

Some simple steps:

1. Write down in the front page, "This Magic Book belongs to..........." And use this book solely for creating magic in your life. Don't use it to keep your expenses or other scribbles. 

 

2. When you are writing down (or drawing) your dreams and wishes, add vivid and colourful details. Engage your 5 senses. Even more importantly, engage your heart. Feel what it is like to be living in your dream.

 

3. After you finished writing, pause for a moment and go over what you have written. Use a highlighter to pick out words that are of significance to you. Add a few more. 

 

Even better if you can add some action steps. For example, Colette's action step was to tell the headhunter specifically which company she is interested to work for. Sounds simple but how many of us do this? I didn't!

 

4. If your logic gets in the way of your Magic Session, suspend it for a moment. Tell your logical mind to take a coffee break whilst you have a few carefree moments to dream courageously. 

 

5. And always have fun. Enjoy the Magic Session. 

 

Wish it. Dream it. Do it. Get it.  

 

Let the Magic begin. happy 2015

 

Love, Quin




Sunday, 21 December 2014

邀请Ana by Karma品牌创始人写烂诗画烂画,然后。。。英文版本的“烂”诗被他 们 的粉丝蹂躏成。。。小文青~

2014-12-21  写烂诗画烂画

烂诗烂画by Quin SQ

(Quin不太会讲普通话,用英语,粤语,马来语混合成了这首好烂好烂的诗!哈哈!大爱~)

Ana cries:

Rainbow rainbow in the sky

Why you sit up there so high

Sunshine sunshine in my eye

Come play with me, dont just 嗮!

Karma replies:

Ana Ana please don't cry

I will bring both to your life

The sunshine and rainbow I will tie

Into a Happy Scarf to let you 带!

Ana means Sister in Bhutanese Language.


Karma is a Bhutanese from a small village she weaves colorful scarfs on a home loom to bring happiness to her sisters worldwide.



好,是时候看看这首英文烂诗被小伙伴们蹂躏成什么样~

都好文艺哦,我只选3首~

有一种烂,叫不够烂!~

哈哈,太有爱~~!!

1. By Candy C

Ana泪眼婆娑道:

七色彩虹卧天边,

唯恐高处不胜寒,

羞涩阳光入吾眼,

唯愿与吾戏人间。

Karma复曰:

吾姐吾姐莫悲伤,

吾欲编制七彩光,

缠缠绵绵系心房。


2. By Jieting

问太阳借用金光

问彩虹借用七色

只要彩虹能抵达的国度

Ana Karma就能送去温暖

 

3. By Max

安娜曰,

虹自悬天际,

光刺吾目而无彩,

痛吾心。

卡玛回曰,

娜,

兄织虹以耀娜,

娜可喜。



Ana by Karma是一个围巾品牌。她吸引我的不光是其产品档次,而更多是关于这个故事的开始,发展和结果。故事起源于两位相隔甚远,但心地都很善良的女士,结果聚集了一个正能量人去的社区。在这里,大家不会关注“我能得到哦什么”,而是不断去给予,去帮助,去成长。然而,结果却出乎意料,这个过程可以无限激发我们的内在能量,以帮助创造一个更美好的世界!这这是Ana by Karma的价值所在!——Written by Helen


Like us, Karma has a dream. Her dream is to create colour and happiness to the world with her handmade weavings. But Karma never had a chance. Because she is poor,she is illiterate and she lives in a small village in Bhutan. Because of all of that, and more, she is cut off from the world of opportunities.

Then came from a foreign land, a big sister (the word is “Ana”in Bhutanese language)who recognised Karma's special talent, and Ana became the bridge for Karma. The bridge of Hope. The bridge of dreams.

Bit by bit, Ana helped Karma, and other Bhutanese weavers like Karma to realise their dreams to reach and to enrich the world with their rainbow-coloured happy handmade scarfs.

You can be Ana for them too, and make dreams come true for a sister. Will you?


Karma跟我们一样也都有梦想~她的梦想是创作出带给世界色彩和欢乐的手工编织品。但机会一直没有降临到Karma头上。因为她目不识丁,因为她生活在不丹的小乡村,因为她与世隔绝。因为。。。没钱,认命?


不是的喔~直到有一天,一位从国外来的大姐大(不丹语称之为Ana)发现了Karma的天赋。大姐大成为了桥梁——希望和梦想的桥梁~~Ana耐心且充满创造力的一点一点地帮助Karma和不丹其他的编织者,让他们实现梦想,让他们用彩虹般的快乐手工编织品丰富世界的梦想!


那么,你会成为他们的Ana吗?那个帮助不丹小姐妹梦想成真的Ana。你愿意吗?



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