COVID-19: The Coca-Cola Foundation 5 by 20 programme Saves Woman and Her Family During The Lockdown

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Reports of hunger and loss of livelihood have dominated the media following the announcement of the lockdown of major cities in Nigeria on March 30th. Such is the implication of the measures imposed by the Government on a country characterized by a large informal economy, where earning a living primarily entails being outdoors. Consequently, this exposes a large portion of the population to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and can also be connected to the exponential increase in cases.

Recounting the peculiarities of her predicament, Mrs Omotunde Oni, a 32-year-old mother and beneficiary of the SHAPE 2020 programme, explained that she might have been yet another victim of the scourge — “If not for the money I made from selling hand sanitizers, I would have had to beg for food during this lockdown”, she said.

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Omotunde, a graduate of the recently concluded women empowerment program tagged SHAPE 2020, was one of the hundreds of women who made it into the highly coveted programme in Lagos, providing participants with an opportunity for technical skill acquisition, for subsequent conversion into a steady income. Courses organised include catering, make-up, fashion, hair & wig making, nail care, domestic essentials, event decoration & planning, amongst several other categories.

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Considering an initial lack of excitement upon admission into the programme, Omotunde narrates with enthusiasm, her highly-valued advantage following successfully producing and delivering hundreds of domestic essentials comprising hand sanitizers and more, to customers across Lagos.

“I registered for the SHAPE 2020 programme without high expectations. A friend of mine posted a flier on her Whatsapp story and I reluctantly registered for the programme. Since I didn’t register on time, I was unable to get into my preferred fashion design class and I considered leaving the programme. I was advised to join the domestic essentials class and this decision turned out to be the best disappointment of my life”.

“Shortly after the demand for hand sanitizers increased in the markets, we learned how to make hand sanitizers in class and I decided to practice at home. On my way home, I stopped at the market and bought materials to make the products. Just as I was leaving, someone asked me if I could make hand sanitizers and when I said yes, she made an order for 50 bottles…this translated to my first profit from the skills acquired through the programme”.

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“I continued to make hand sanitizers as well as liquid dishwashing and handwashing soaps as people kept buying them. After some time, I was able to get some people to buy the products in larger quantities’’.

“I have to admit that with the current lockdown in place, I would have had to beg to survive as my situation would have been precarious. The only way I have been able to sustain my family is from the profit I have made from this business”, Omotunde said.

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“SHAPE 2020 has opened my eyes to business opportunities around me and to how this seemingly mundane skill can change my life and the lives of those around me. Now I am currently making business plans to take my products to the real market and become a major player in the industry”.

With funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Whitefield Foundation kicked off its SHAPE 2020 programme in February — a women empowerment platform focused on enhancing the lives of disadvantaged and unemployed women between the ages of 18yrs and 50yrs through the attainment of vocational skills. The programme saw the training of 770 local women while subsequently empowering 237 with technical skills and tools, of which 150 businesses have emerged so far.

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Next Meats, Purveyor of the World’s First Plant-based Yakiniku Meats, Is Now in Singapore

The Tokyo-based startup makes its debut in the alt-protein hotspot of Singapore

 

  • Next Meats has collaborated with Aburi-EN to deliver two new meal sets
  • Made with soybean proteins, the Kalbi contains no chemical additives or animal ingredients
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SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 14 April 2021 - Next Meats, a purveyor of the world's first plant-based yakiniku meats, is making its debut in the alternative protein hotspot, Singapore! The Japanese alternative meat company has collaborated this time with popular Japanese restaurant Aburi-EN, which will offer two types of set meals using the NEXT Kalbi (boneless short rib) for the very first time. Made largely from soy proteins, the NEXT Kalbi contains double the amount of protein and half the fats than that of regular meat and even more, it does not contain any chemical additives or cholesterol due to its lack of animal ingredients. Now, Singaporeans can enjoy yakiniku without the guilt!


COVID-19: The Coca-Cola Foundation 5 by 20 programme Saves Woman and Her Family During The Lockdown - Brand Spur

From left to right: Premium Kalbi Don Set and Stamina Teishouku Set

The two new menus available at Aburi-EN are the Kalbi Don Set (S$13.80) and the Stamina Teishoku (S$15.80) — which are available for a limited time only. Next Meats has specifically chosen to work with Aburi-EN as they are a Japanese grilled-meat specialist. The two menus are the culmination of many months of research and development, and they will also be Aburi-EN's first-ever plant-based dishes.


COVID-19: The Coca-Cola Foundation 5 by 20 programme Saves Woman and Her Family During The Lockdown - Brand Spur

For the Kalbi Don Set, Next Meat's Kalbi is grilled and served atop a bowl of fragrant Japanese steamed rice. Equally indulgent, the Stamina Teishoku features the Kalbi stir-fried with cabbage along with egg imported from Okinawa. The meat is then served with fragrant Japanese steamed rice, salad, pickles and miso soup. For both dishes, the meats are glazed with a special homemade sauce that packs an irresistible umami punch.

Both the Kalbi Don Set and Stamina Teishoku will be available at all Aburi-EN stores from April to July 2021.

An advocate of sustainable food production and better food security

The NEXT Kalbi is one of Next Meats' innovative offerings, which includes other plant-based delicacies such as the NEXT burger and NEXT gyudon (beef bowl). The company champions the importance of saving the planet and humanity through reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (which is produced from meat consumption and animal agriculture) and utilizing biotechnology to combat protein deficiency.

Through extensive research and development, Next Meats has culminated the knowhow on using molecular binding to mould vegetable proteins from powder. Buoyed by state-of-the-art, proprietary technologies, the company has successfully created vegan substitutes that replicate the texture of real meat.

About Next Meats

Hailing from Tokyo, Next Meats is a food-tech venture company that specialises in the research and development of Japanese-style alternative meat products. Its journey of product development began in 2017, and the company was officially established in 2020. Its portfolio of products includes plant-based burger patties, gyudon and yakiniku meats.

Social Media for Next Meats

Facebook: /nextmeats.singapore

Instagram: @nextmeats_singapore

Hashtags: #nextmeats #nextmeats_sg #japaneseplantbased


About Aburi-EN

Aburi-EN is Singapore's leading Japanese Grill restaurant chain, best known for delicious high quality grilled donburi bowls. Signature dishes include the Premium Buta Don with grilled chestnut-fed pork, Wagyu Karubi Don, and the Wagyu Stamina Don, made using A4/A5 Miyazaki Wagyu, which has won Japan's "National Wagyu Award" for 3 consecutive years, among many others. The homemade sauces give the meats and dishes an extra umami-ness. Aburi-EN is also known for affordable highballs and Japanese sours, which pair perfectly with the Aburi dishes.

Social Media for Aburi-EN

Facebook: /aburiensg

Instagram: @aburien.sg

Hashtags: #aburiensg #aburiendonburi #aburienjapanesegrill

Outlets

- Isetan Scotts:

350 Orchard Rd, #01-K1 Shaw House, Singapore 238868

- Causeway Point

1 Woodlands Square, #02-09B Causeway Point, Singapore 738099

- Jem

50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #01-04 Jem, Singapore 608549

- Vivo City

1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-159/160 VivoCity, Singapore 098585

- Novena Square

238 Thomson Rd, #01-89/90, Singapore 307683

- Guoco Tower

1 Wallich St, #B2 - 09, Singapore 078884

- Orchard Central

181 Orchard Central, Central, #01-16 Orchard, 238896

- Suntec City

3 Temasek Blvd, #B1-121 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983

- Nex

23 Serangoon Central, #01-63/64/65 Nex, Singapore 556083

Operating Hours

11am – 10pm, Daily

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