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About Us

The Asli Co. aspires to eradicate poverty amongst the indigenous people of Malaysia, the Orang Asli.

Our Mission

  1. Improve livelihoods of Orang Asli mothers in rural communities through economic opportunities
  2. Ensure Orang Asli children stay in school and complete their education
Anisah

Background

Orang Asli mothers have limited opportunity for work when they have to care for their young children at home.
Each school-going child needs at least RM100-RM150 per month for school related expenses. Many Orang Asli children quit school as young as primary 6 to help supplement their family’s income, or simply because their parents cannot afford the expenses to send them to school. To break this cycle of poverty, we brought work opportunities to them.
Our products are handmade with love by indigenous mothers to support their children and keep them in school.
Villages we're working with:
  • Kg. Orang Asli Serendah, Selangor
  • Kg. Orang Asli Sungai Buloh, Selangor
  • Kg. Orang Asli Hulu Kuang, Selangor
  • Kg. Orang Asli Bukit Cheding, Selangor
  • Kg. Orang Asli Pisang Rasau, Perak
  • Kg. Bukit Serok, Pahang
  • Kg. Desa Temuan, Selangor
  • Kg. Batu Peti, Negeri Sembilan

The Asli Co. trains and works with Orang Asli mothers to produce quality handmade products. Starter kits and materials are provided so that mothers can easily begin working from home.
Our makers receive up to 4 times of minimum hourly wage pay to produce our products from the comforts of their homes.

Our Artisans

Anisah with child
Anisah
Mother of 3
Succulent Pot Artisan
Ayu with child
Ayu
Mother of 2
Succulent Pot Artisan
Mak Intan
Mak Intan
Mother of 3
Handmade Soap Artisan
Artisans
Team of Orang Asli Ladies
Hand Sanitizer Makers

Our Impact

Mothers can now purchase necessities for their children, purchase data for mobile studying. Most importantly, they are able to put food on the table to help the family during these tough times.
Impact 1

63

Orang Asli mothers & upskilled and empowered

Impact 2

RM1,140,041

channeled towards providing materials, equipment, training & wages to Orang Asli Communities

Impact 3

4X

mothers are paid up to 4 times the minimum hourly wage

Impact 4

8

Orang Asli villages in Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan & Pahang, Malaysia

The Team

Erman, Anisah, Xin and Jason

From left: Erman & Anisah, 1st family on board with The Asli Co. with founders Xin & Jason

Hi, we're the co-founders Xin and Jason. We met as EpicHomes volunteers who built houses for OA communities. Through our volunteering experience, we found out that many kids drop out of school because parents couldn’t afford the expenses such as school fees, uniforms, stationeries and so on.

Learning that RM100-150 per month is all it took to ensure OA kids stay in school, we decided that it was something we could help and should. Thought the amount was small, we knew from the beginning that constantly donating that amount wasn’t a sustainable way to help.

So we started with a simple idea of bringing work to the Orang Asli ladies in the kampung to help them cover these expenses. We started with teaching Anisah in Kg. Orang Asli Serendah to make our pilot product, the succulent cement pots. To date, we're grateful to be able to touch the lives of more than 60 lady artisans who produce our entire range of products.