While doing her MBA, Hong Phuc was actively engaged in entrepreneurship and community activities, which provided her with the drive to forge her own path.
Instead of interning at big corporations, she pursued her entrepreneurial interests by chairing the University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club and volunteered at non-profit organisation EmpowerU <https://www.empoweru.io/>, which empowers Hong Kong foreign domestic workers through education and community building.
In Hong Kong, there are more than 385,000 foreign domestic workers, representing 10% of the city’s working population. Many are mothers who leave their families at home, working six days per week to provide for their loved ones. By stepping in and providing a service to support Hong Kong families, they are the hidden force that makes so much of the city’s success possible.
Phuc said many of these women aspire to more than domestic work but often lack opportunities to further their education while in Hong Kong.
“At EmpowerU, we firmly believe that these workers deserve better. And since most of these workers are the main earners for their families in their own countries, helping them access education will have a cascading effect,” she said.
“EmpowerU has volunteer academics from world-class institutions teaching domestic workers technical and soft, or human skills to improve not only their own lives but also their employer’s well-being. We help them prepare for the future, whether in domestic work, a different career field or even as an entrepreneur.”