TBN Exploratory Trips (Feb-Mar 2017)

Last weekend, Transformational Business Network (TBN) Asia launched an event to reinstate its mission of restoring human dignity through using businesses with social impact to alleviate poverty in Southeast Asia. The event highlighted how a shift towards providing employment opportunities for the poor instead of giving financial aid can have a more sustainable impact in poverty alleviation.

The event was also a call for more people who are concerned & want to be involved in using their skills, network, time, and resources to alleviate poverty through sustainable enterprise, to collaborate with like-minded people in the TBN community.

TBN Asia will be conducting 4 exploratory trips to Batam, Jakarta, parts of Malaysia, and Singapore. The aims of the trip are:

  • For us to have a glimpse of what poverty is like for many, so we can understand and invest in socially impactful projects
  • For professionals and potential investors to make a difference with your skills and experience
  • For us to decide if we are able to volunteer our time and resources to the projects we will encounter

1. 25th Feb 2017 (Sat) AGAPE CONNECTING PEOPLE (S$50)

Agape Connecting People needs no introduction (if you do, read Agape’s story here!). Join us on this trip to find out how you can partner with Mr Anil David to bring Agape to greater heights.

As we need to register for special permits to enter the prisons compound, it is recommended that you sign up as soon as possible! Link of this trip to Actxplorer website here: http://www.actxplorer.com/tripDetails/43655


2. 10 – 12 March 2017 (Fri to Sat) Malaysia Social Enterprises (S$416)

To find out in detail the work done by the social enterprises we will be meeting on this trip, see this link: http://www.actxplorer.com/tripDetails/74223 

Some of the highlights include visiting Dignity School – a school that provides quality Montessori education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and is now moving into the arena of social enterprises to support their work. The Picha Project is a social enterprise led by 3 young ladies who started a traditional food catering company that employs mothers from refugee families.

And not forgetting having awesome food in Malaysia!


3. 18 Feb 2017 (Sat) 1 Day Batam Social Projects (S$150)

Link of this trip to Actxplorer website here: http://www.actxplorer.com/tripDetails/42369

Batam is a convenient and affordable tourist destination, known for its beaches, resorts, nightlife and duty-free malls. But step beyond this enclave and you’ll discover a whole new side of Batam that only the locals are privy to. We will learn more about the following projects:

The Appsani toilet project is part of TBN’s network of impact projects. This is another area where you can participate in. You can either volunteer your time to help build the toilet or help fund the toilet at SGD$250.

The MBB sewing project was started by a group of volunteers who called themselves the Jubilee Group in 2016, with a mission to create a small sustainable co-opt idea in sewing business. This is in part to help fulfil MBB founders’ (read about the MBB school story) desire to create jobs for the parents of the students to further improve the community’s quality of life.

The project is currently led by Jeremy Han (TBN Vice-Chairman and Steven Lee (Chairman of Actxplorer) with the help of Jubilee Group and Actxplorer. The project needs more volunteers experienced in production and sales & marketing. If you have any ideas, expertise or connection, do join us in this journey or connect with us via contact@actxplorer.com


4. 24 – 26 March 2017 (Fri to Sat) Jakarta Social Enterprises (S$400 excluding flight)

To find out in detail the work done by the social enterprises we will be meeting on this trip, see this link: http://www.actxplorer.com/tripDetails/42497

This is another TBN network of impact exploratory trip that you can join in to experience how sustainable enterprises can fight poverty. On this trip, you will get to see how a mushroom farm helps provide dignity to the disadvantaged, a catalogue business empower women from difficult backgrounds, and an entrepreneurship center that inspires young people to dream.


How to sign up?

1. Indicate your interest in this google form:


We will send you an acknowledgement email, and contact you directly to request for payment via bank transfer.

2. Sign up online directly through Actxplorer site:


– Sign up as a member
– Go to the respective trip link (Malaysia, Batam, Jakarta, Agape Singapore)

– Book the trip on the respective dates
– Pay online with ur credit card or PayPal

Where do your fees go to? 

It is our goal to distribute the fee fairly among all our stakeholders:

  • 35-55% of the price goes to the social enterprise directly
  • 35-55% goes to transport, accommodation and meals (if applicable)
  • 10-20% goes to the facilitator if needed,
  • and Actxplorer retains 10%. 

SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! JOIN US! We hope to see you on the trips 🙂 



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