Tabung Amal NAWEM (TAN) was set up in August 2000 to fulfil 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 a new business.

The principal objective of TAN is to enable economically challenged women to be financially independent through entrepreneurial endeavours.

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.

The Board of Trustees plans to continue its fund-raising efforts to put TAN on a firm financial footing before 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.)

Board of Trustees

Puan Sri Dr Susan Cheah – Chairman
Mariam Tun Sulaiman – Trustee
Dr Bien Mei Nien – Trustee
Dato Shamsimar Yusof – Trustee
Sarojini Ruth Rajahser (President) – Trustee
Sandra Anne Ghouse (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 RM 1,000.00 to RM 5,000. 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 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 Secretariat
  • Attach a copy of your IC 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 the information and ascertain suitability. Funding will only be provided to women who demonstrate a clear commitment to growing their business.