How We Communicate and How We Organize Ourselves to Ensure Optimum Efficiency

We began the Salaam Wanita project with a survey of the participants in order to understand the various disabilities and impairments of our women, in order to create a program tailored to their needs.

The results from the 200 women, ranging in age from 17 to 61, surveyed is below:

The results of a general survey of 200 participants of the Salaam Wanita project, ranging in age 17 to 61, showed that:
4% had chronic ailments like SLE
4% were single mothers with low/no income
7% had either disabled or chronically ill dependents
11% were disabled
16% were hearing-impaired
2% had been abandoned by their husbands.

Its obvious that our group cuts across a range of disadvantaged and marginalised communities. So how do we organise ourselves to work on a project?

During the various networking and training sessions, seminars and focus group discussions, our talents and capabilities were identified, and various tasks were assigned accordingly. So no matter what, we help each other and complement each other's skills, times and resources!

As we recieve no monetary support from any assistance programs, the implementation of skills-based training and activities is dependent upon support from generous individuals and corporations.

In organizing our efforts, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are a great boon to us! ICTs have allowed is to distribute large orders of Eco-Baskets and offer services like typing and trasnlation to our members. With ICT, we can even meet tight deadlines.

To do this, we developed an innovate application which enables orders to be automatically relay orders to all our participating weavers via mobile phones and then it automatically tallys those responses to the coordinator. The application, known as "Distributed Work Management Application", was made possible by us winning the 2003 Pan Asia R&D Small Grant Award. We are now able to work as a team to fulfill customers requests without leaving our homes!

In October 2008, the Distributed Work Management Application (DWMA) won eHomemakers the MSC Malaysia - Ericsson CR Innovation Awards (Professional Category).

A small grant provided in August 2009 by Cradle Sdn Bhd, a local ICT incubator, will further help to improve on the DWMA for the use of the non-profit sector and micro-enterprises.

In October 2009, eHomemakers' Distributed Work Management Application (DWMA) was one of the finalists for the APICTA awards (under the e-Community category).

In 2012, eHomemakers won the ISIF Asia Award

eHomemakers was awarded below:
- One of the 11 community grants for 2013 for developing a cloud management integrated platform (Internet with SMS) for Malaysian NGOs supporting disadvantaged women.
- One of the 2014 grants in a competition round for the project, Extending ECHO to Homenet Indonesia.