Women in business – Being my own boss / HER – Women in Asia (Season 2) | DW Documentary

Women in business – Being my own boss / HER – Women in Asia (Season 2) | DW Documentary
Around the world, women play important roles in business. Either as bosses and high-ranking managers of international corporations, or as self-employed owners and operators of small kiosks, and even founders of start-ups. This edition portrays three women from three different worlds, but they all have one thing in common: their passion for their business. They include Louise Mabulo, founder of the Cacao Project in the Philippines, and entrepreneur Uma Hapsari from Indonesia, who created the community Mendaki Kembali, meaning ‘climbing back’, to speak openly about failures. And there is Wandee who manages a popular street food stall in Bangkok.

HER portrays the lives of women from all spheres of Asian societies, featuring protagonists from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. In each episode, three women give their perspectives on universal, existential and crucial topics such as careers in male dominated professions, motherhood, money and self-expression.

when i started off i did experience a
lot of resistance because i’m a young
when i felt i feel like it’s time to
step up
and say the truth
i’m a young woman i don’t exactly look
the part of a farmer and a lot of elders
would not want to listen to a young
woman because they’ve had so much
it’s a male dominated industry there’s
not many young women who are actually
interested in agriculture
and i wanted to kind of
closer at our food systems and our
agricultural systems because i knew that
there was ample opportunity for
innovation and for change
i come from a family of farmers on my
dad’s side he took pride in growing his
own ingredients and produce
and those were the traits that i was
raised with
i’m luis mabulo i’m the founder of the
cacao project and i live in camarina sur
in the philippines
the philippines is one of the most at
risk countries to hazards brought about
by climate change and we are at the
front lines of the climate crisis
through typhoons and droughts and
natural disasters
farmers are one of the most vulnerable
populations to that which is why i
realized that as i was building this
venture it was inevitable that we had to
bring in environmentalism
stewardship and climate education into
this kind of work
i graduated from university i came
straight to my family business
they have a conventional traditional
store which is you know they sell
everything including shoes
my parents have this
huge experience whereas i had
practically nothing so everything i said
they just say oh that’s not right that’s
it wasn’t really a big goal when i
started amazon i was just want to do
something on my own
make myself independent do something
that i really like
everyone is sort of selling online so i
thought why
not i start something online
my name is uma i am the founder of a
shoe local brand named amazara i’m from
indonesia and i’m also writing a book
called in my own shoes
straight after i
get married and started business about a
year later i
have a baby her name is amanzara by the
way after
seven years
i had a divorce which came and played a
huge part of my life because at the
moment i was really in the dark and you
know what happened to entrepreneurs when
they have personal
struggle everything crumbles
and that’s why
in 2019 we decided that we have to close
amazera and file for bankruptcy
when the bankruptcy happened the company
was at
not very good position at the moment
we went into price war we offered
too much discount
months after months we didn’t make
heartbrokenly we had to close down the
from that moment on
i realized that it is crucial for
entrepreneurs to be able to read numbers
of their own business so that they can
analysis according to facts and
data the social media plays a huge part
of my life
i had nothing to lose i already lost the
business so i thought
why not just post it as it is and
i was very grateful because i touched
many other hearts out there who felt
also that oh my god i’m not alone i also
felt the same way
in december of 2016 our town was hit by
super typhoon not 10 and it destroyed
about 80 percent of agricultural
livelihoods and agricultural land in my
town alone and displaced over a thousand
families so we knew that after that
typhoon we needed a way to rebuild and
create better typhoon resiliency
it started as a typhoon relief effort
where we gave away seedlings and
vegetable seeds to rebuild their
their agricultural livelihoods but then
we realized that it was just kind of a
band-aid response and we needed to
actually position them better for the
long term so that was when we realized
that cocoa was a pretty good crop
because it was already better suited to
our ecosystems
as we were going along with it i
realized that there are a lot of things
that i can integrate into regenerative
agriculture from sustainable farming
practices that came from our elders so
it became more of a collaborative effort
to move forward and rethink our food
i created this community called kamali
meaning climbing back
i found so many of other entrepreneurs
who are not able to even read their own
final financial statement let alone
having financial statements my publisher
called me to write a book about starting
a business and growing it and being
you know experiencing failures i felt
strongly that
having the courage to live
as yourself as i call it in your own
is very important because that is the
only way that you can
be the best version of yourself not you
know what other people expect you to be
or to do
and that is the only way that you can
give meaningful impact for other people
here in the philippines there’s a stigma
against farming where people perceive it
to be associated to poverty
unsustainability and failure which is
quite terrible
it’s really important to change the
stigma so that more young people can get
into farming because our average age of
farmers is at around 57 years old
there’s a lot of waste that isn’t
strictly what people perceive as the
stereotype of just planting out in the
sun there’s always a lot more aspects to
it that can be integrated from logistics
from science to mathematics
young people can actually make a change
and innovate and positively impact
communities along the way and i think
that you just have to start small and
start now and start local

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