From a coffee academy that empowers youths, to an edible garden that supports the socially disadvantaged – these social enterprises are doing business with a heart.
Address: *SCAPE #02-08, Singapore 237978
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Fri), 10.30am – 2pm (Sat) | Closed on Sun
Contact: [email protected] | 6383 5030
Operating on the mantra of “making the world a Bettr place, one barista at a time”, Bettr Barista Coffee Academy offers vulnuerable youths and marginalised women – from school dropouts to single mums – a shot at a brighter future. Beyond brewing a simple cup of coffee, trainees also go through physical and emotional training to better equip them for life. They don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, but do stop by and drink up that good karma at their cafe concept corner located at *SCAPE.
Ugly Cake Shop
Address: GB Point #01-06, Singapore 339351
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sat) | Closed on Sun
Contact: [email protected] | 8228 8300
Don’t let the name of fool you; the Ugly Cake Shop whips up beautiful, whimsical bakes that look as good as they taste, such as the Ombre Cake (from $120) which comes adorned with gorgeous layers of pastel hues and floral swirls. These artisanal creations contain none of the artificial flavours and grainy frostings, instead all lovingly handmade using only natural ingredients. What scored them extra brownie points is that while you’re indulging your sweet tooth, you’re also helping to feed undernourished kids in Timor-Leste with every treat you purchase. Win-win!
Edible Garden City
Address: 60 Jln Penjara, Singapore 149375
Contact: [email protected]
Do good while going green at the Edible Garden City, which champions the movement of growing your own food – Open Farm Community, Open Door Policy and Artichoke Cafe are some of the places they’ve sowed seeds at. What’s more, they also work with the Autism Resource Centre and Down Syndrome Association of Singapore to provide employment opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities at their urban farming collective, Citizen Farm. Although it’s not open to the public, they host regular open houses, guided tours and workshops so feel free to come flex your green thumbs!
The Company of Cats
Address: 6B Mosque Street, Singapore 059486
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Tues to Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri to Sun) | Closed on Mon
Contact: [email protected] | 6220 3835
Don’t dismiss The Company of Cats as just another cat cafe. Apart from giving 10 of their rescued kittens a second home, these good folks also seek to raise awareness for animal welfare in Singapore. Even better, they’ve committed to donating a portion of their profits to Animal Lovers League – so if you’re a cat lover, do your part by hanging out with these adorable furballs at a small fee. They also organise charity bake sales and craft workshops to advocate for the cause, so swing by for some wholesome kitty-lovin’ fun!
Address: 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat & Sun)
Contact: [email protected] | 6338 2669
Not your ordinary eatery, Crossings Cafe takes pride in serving up good ol’ comfort food at pocket-friendly prices – there’s nothing over 20 bucks on the extensive menu, and you get everything from Western delights to Asian cuisine. On top of channeling all their profits to charitable causes, the Catholic cafe also takes in the socially disadvantaged to help them realise their potential. Currently, they are partnering up with Assumption Pathway School to provide work and internship opportunities for students.
Touted as Asia’s first ever gourmet food truck with a social vision, Kerbside Gourmet rolls out soul food on wheels – think Bak Chor Mee Hotdog, Aussie Beetroot Burger and Cauliflower Fried Rice. Running on a ‘Buy A Meal, Give A Meal’ basis, the nomadic startup teams up with volunteer welfare organisations to deliver food to needy families with every meal purchased. The catch? It’s always on the move, but chances are you might be able to spot Kerby at the latest carnivals or music festivals. If all else fails, track the truck via their socials!
The next time you feel like gorging on junk food, grab some healthy munchies at BoxGreen instead. At just $19.90, this subscription-based platform sends packs of nutritionist-approved treats straight to your doorstep on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis; or you can choose to purchase individual bundles at their online shop. More reason to feel good about snacking? For every box delivered, part of their proceeds goes towards providing meals for the less privileged. Giving back to a cause has never been easier!
This article was adapted from the October 2017 issue of Teenage.
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