Working At Home – kyip Hypermart
Source: kyip, 2000
A community project initiated by Mothers for Mothers, the book, entitled “Working @ Home“: a guidebook for working women and homemakers is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency through the Canadian High Commission, The Australian High Commissio, Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad and Agensi Pekerjaan myHRpal.com Sdn Bhd.
Co-written by four mothers, namely Audrey Fong, Chong Sheau Ching, June Chan and Katherine Yip, the book is a continuation of our effort in promoting working at home as an option for working women and homemakers.
This follows Mother for Mothers’ six succesful “Working from Home” Conferences held between June 1998 and November, 1999. The conferences have seen more than 3,000 participants, comprising working women, homemakers, disadvantaged women and women who are running home-based businesses/SOHO.
Written in 4 languages, namely English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
“Working @ Home”: a guidebook for working women and homemakers contains insights, useful tips, advice and case studies. It highlights seven major areas directly related to working women and homemakers nowadays, namely:
- Financial management
- Establishing a home-based business
- Sustaining a home-based business
- Home life and home office
The book contains the writers’ first-hand, push-and-pull experiences as mothers and home-based businesswomen, feedback from participants in the “Working from Home” Conferences, and personal submissions shared on this website.
In conjunction with the book project, we are organizing a book launch scheduled for the beginning of November 2000.
Objectives of Book Project
With the book, we hope to promote the idea of working from home as an option for women, alongside the more traditional role as a full-time homemaker or full time employee/worker. We hope that this will in turn empower motherhood and womanhood, and help instill a loving family culture.
Beneficiaries of book project
Some 12,000 copies of the book will be given free to deserving and needy mothers/women in our society via women organizations.
In these times, many women have retrenched husbands and live on single incomes. Socio-cultural constraints still deem the mothers are primary care givers to children, even if they are the breadwinners.
The guidebook will be a tool for mothers to internalize new ideas and initiatives. It will plant seeds of mental strength and provide guidance in the journey to self-reliance. For those who are disadvantaged and are too embarrassed to reach out for help, the books will give them a chance to help themselves. The books are small enough for them to place by their bedsides or hide in corners whenever they need affirmations and strength to go on.
When the mothers are motivated by the books to help themselves, the children and family members will benefit. The mothers should eventually gain more self-esteem and self-reliant ability.
The most important impact will be when mothers take action to turn their situations around through home businessess and eventually generate income. This will give them back a sense of control in their lives and raise their self-esteem. Higher self-esteem and a strong sense of self will propel the mothers to new heights or personal growth.
Children and immediate family members will benefit from higher income derived from home businesses. They will also benefit from the mothers who have developed higher self-esteem.
The Most Vulnerable Beneficiary Groups are:
- Abused homemakers who can’t leave their husbands as they believe they cannot take care of themselves and their children financially on their own.
- Lower-income single mothers with more than three children and elderly parents to take care of thus requiring a second income generation option that they can do from home.
- Handicapped mothers and single mothers with chronic/acute illnesses.
- Financially disadvantaged homemakers whose husbands are polygamous.
- Long-time homemakers with low self-esteem and low self-worth.
The women’s organizations and those helping the disadvantaged will also benefit as the books will be the tools to fill the gap between their limited resources and the mothers’ income generation needs. For example, women’s organizations which counsel abused mothers will now be able to follow-up their caseloads with the help of the book. The counselors can now give the books to the mothers and encourage them to move on.