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Vivien Luk

TEAM TASSY

362 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.teamtassy.org


Q&A WITH Vivien Luk

1. Please give a brief description of your business and services provided.

Team Tassy works to eliminate global poverty, starting in Haiti, by providing medical care, education, financial assistance, and job trainings to the poor, a process we call getting "out of the hole."

Once that's done, we place our work-ready family members into good, dignified jobs so that they can pull themselves out of poverty forever.

2. How did you get started?

I've always believed that we can do more when we collaborate. In our case, it's merging the biggest assets of the nonprofit and for-profit models to make lasting change in the world. Team Tassy was founded alongside a for-profit social business called Thread, who takes the enormous amounts of trash in Haiti and turns them into jobs and stuff people love. Currently, this means collecting plastic bottles in the waste streams and turning them into fabric that then gets transformed into clothing and accessories. Together, Team Tassy is able to do what we do best, provide the human services to get families "out of the hole" and ready for jobs, and Thread is able to provide these jobs while cleaning up the environment. It's a privilege to be able to take this concept and operationalize it through investing in the lives of the poor and it's what brought me here.

3. Why is Downtown LA, Little Tokyo, and the Arts District community important to you?

The Opodz crew thinks I'm crazy but I love to walk and I love being able to do that by both living and working here in DTLA. Plus, I love everyone that I've met here.

4. As an entrepreneur / business owner, what advice can you give for success to our entrepreneurs?

Put down those work/life balance books and just work your heart out. An entrepreneurial mind never stops. You'll love it and it'll be ok.

5. Name one thing interesting / quirky about you and/or your business.

Annually, we host a 100,000 water balloons fight to raise money to fund our fight against global poverty. I've gotten pretty good at chugging water balloons, aiming is a whole other story...

 
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OCCUPATION: Founder

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