NAWEM was established with the purpose of harnessing the capabilities and resources of women entrepreneurs for the encouragement and enhancement of women's role in business.
It is only possible to succeed when there is a united commitment to contribute by providing leadership and financial resources that will influence and inspire the growth and development of women entrepreneurship.
It was the desire to form a strong foundation and platform for women entrepreneurs to exploit business opportunities that at Tabung Amal NAWEM or TAN was officially launched in August 2000. TAN was established with initial donations and pledges amounting to RM20,000 from NAWEM members. The sum continues to grow with generous donations received over the past decade and more.
NAWEM holds regular meetings with its members, and conducts training courses, roadshows, conferences and other events that help bring business women together, to share a common pool of knowledge.
It is the plan of the Board of Trustees to continue its fund-raising efforts so as to put TAN on a firm financial footing prior to disbursement of funds. NAWEM has been granted the Tax Exemption Status under Section 44 6(B) of the Income Tax Act 1967 (effective from 1st January 2011 until 31st December 2015).
The Trustees wish to thank all donors for their generous support.
Aims & Objectives
TAN was set up in August 2000 with the aim of fulfilling NAWEM’s social obligations by assisting the needy and less fortunate women in our society through the granting of funds and seed money to start new business.
The principal objective of TAN is to enable economically challenged women to be financially independent through entrepreneurial endeavours.
Board of Trustees
Puan Sri Dr. Susan Cheah - Chairman
Mariam Tun Sulaiman – Trustee
Dr. Bien Mei Nien – Trustee
Shamsimar Yusof – Trustee
Sarojini Ruth Rajahser (President) – Trustee
Nurizan Hassan (VP Membership) – Co-Trustee
TAN has provides women entrepreneurs, grants to purchase fixed assets to enable them to start new businesses or grow their existing businesses. Our grants range from RM1000.00 to RM20,000. Categories of women who may apply are:
Already in business and looking to grow the business, or,
Have a business idea and looking for funding.
NAWEM will does not provide funding for working capital or operational expenditure.
To apply for the TAN grant:
Complete and submit a TAN application form that is available from the NAWEM HQ
Attach a copy of your IC together with your business registration (if any)
Suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview session with the Board of Trustees. Following this, a site visit will be conducted to verify information and ascertain suitability. Funding will only be provided to women who demonstrate a clear commitment to growing their business.