The start of grow the goose
It all started when two boys wanted to buy a pair of roller shoes. They approached their mother and asked if they could have it.
However, the family was on a tight budget, not to mention that the mother is pregnant with her third child. She explained to them about their current financial situation and told them to earn their own money.
The boys remembered Mail from “Upin & Ipin”, a popular animated series, where Mail sells fried chicken in his kampung.
The boys then proposed the idea to their mother that they wanted to sell fried chicken. Unfortunately, their mother disapproved their proposal as it was unhealthy. The mother then suggested they sell healthy chicken and lamb sausages.
Excitedly, the boys straight away started planning.
With the the help from a fellow entrepreneur to supply the products, the mother would gather orders via Facebook and Instagram on weekdays. During the weekends, the kids and the father would deliver the orders.
After only 2 weeks, the kids finally bought their roller skates.
The kids and their newly bought roller skates
After her confinement days were over, Nina was approached by various people to create a module for kids on the whole topic of entrepreneurship after seeing how well she nurtured her own kin.
Deciding to take the challenge, she combined her 10 years worth of entrepreneurship experience with simple tactics and concepts that children could easily follow.
One of the solutions she came up with was introducing an old money jar system. She made it into a kid-friendly version where children could easily learn how to save money, give back money and invest money at the same time.
Grow The Goose Money Jar System
September 2015 was the month that their first workshop was conducted and they decided on the name Grow The Goose.
Grow The Goose, which was adapted from the fable ‘The Farmer and the Magic Goose’, is essentially a 2-day programme where children from the age of 6 to 12 are able to learn various topics covering finance and entrepreneurship. What the programme wants to do is to nurture the act of saving and teach them the value of money while also building up their entrepreneurship skills.
Although the workshops started off geared for kids aged 6 to 12, it wasn’t until November 2016 when the team launched a teen edition that specifically catered to those aged 13 to 16.
Though she has a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, Nina believes that her experience as a mother also helps with her guidance during workshops.
“Because I’m a mother, I feel that I’m able to deliver my key messages to the participants in a more effective manner and naturally just entertain their queries like I do with my own kids. I think being a mother has truly taught me the patience I need to attend to these other kids,” said Nina.