Su’s recipe for tough cookies

Su Seau Yeen started her social enterprise called Simply Cookies which teaches mothers to bake cookies. She supplies cookies made to cafes and corporations to provide for the mothers. She sustains her enterprise by supplying her own cookies and cakes and also from her baking classes. Portrait shot of Su Seau Yeen for Faces column. Rep: Kathleen.

Su Seau Yeen loves baking to a point that she left her high-flying IT job to be a supplier of cookies and cakes.

Her many trips to donate baked goods to orphanages left her with an idea to teach young orphans to bake, so that they could use the skill to help them secure jobs or start their own business.

However, after listening to advice, Su decided to focus on helping single mothers.

In November last year, she started a social project called Simply Cookies, giving single mothers free lessons in baking cookies.

She currently teaches five single mothers who often bring their children along for class.

Their baked goods are supplied to cafes and corporations.

As most do not have transportation of their own, Sue often pays for their taxi rides or drives them around when they secure a booth at exhibitions or bake sales.

Simply Cookies is funded by her baking class for children called Les Petit Chefs, as well as from her personal catering of meals and baked treats.

She is now looking for more cafes and corporations to supply cookies so that she can sustain her social enterprise and provide an income for the mothers.

She is also working with contacts to provide the mothers with financial lessons on ways to save for their children’s future. 

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