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Pepper Labs: Teaching skills to empower the youth

6 April 2022 | Member Stories

Catalyst 2030 member, Pepper Labs

Pepper Labs is a social enterprise in Malaysia that drives social transformation by developing sustainable economic empowerment and inclusive growth with a focus on the youth.

Sustainable Development Goals targeted

SDG 1 No Povery SDG 2 Zero Hunger SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals

Social entrepreneurs are known for finding solutions to society’s problems. What is the problem you are addressing and your solution?

Resources and training are not readily available to the Malaysian people. Pepper Labs provides comprehensive infrastructure that supports beneficiaries by providing digital and economic empowerment programmes. Each cohort is trained and mentored for one to three months depending on capacity.

Pepper Labs’ programmes focus on three key areas:

  1. Micro-entrepreneurship and digital empowerment: Pepper Labs runs a programme focusing on the digitalisation of existing or new micro-enterprises through entrepreneurial training and digital mentoring, including training on managing logistics, e-commerce and payment systems. Those interested can check registration for the next upcoming session at
  2. Youth development, gig economy and social entrepreneurship: Pepper Labs runs a changemaker programme to shape a new generation of social entrepreneurs and digital ambassadors. Youth receive gig economy career empowerment training and learn how to create social enterprises. Young people who are interested in participating can visit
  3. Policy consultation

What do you see as the benefit of your Catalyst 2030 membership?

As a member, you gain access to an international network. Social innovation ideas can also be implemented abroad.

Are you collaborating with any other Catalyst 2030 members?

Yes, in Malaysia. Pepper Labs is also looking forward to forming international partnerships.

Are there any recent activities you would like to share?

Pepper Labs is well known for its work at the local community level following its previous work with Masala Wheels, a social enterprise founded to feed and empower marginalised communities. In partnership with Masala Wheels, Pepper Labs provided capacity building and employment for marginalised communities in Malaysia, in the form of culinary training and food and beverage business training, with a key focus on the youth.

Pepper Labs is proud of how the Masala Wheels beneficiaries have uplifted themselves and is looking forward to expanding ways to make a positive impact on society.

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