It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: Domestic violence moved her to help disadvantaged women

Ex-headhunter now empowers disadvantaged women with ability to make a life for themselves

A volunteer trip to India planted the seed of an idea in Carrie Tan to start Daughters of Tomorrow, an organisation that helps women from low-income familes in Singapore.
Ms Tan first started DOT as a social enterprise, helping underprivileged women in India by paying them to make handicrafts (left), which she would sell in Singapore. She had noticed that while there were many NGOs giving women training, there were no
Ms Carrie Tan first started DOT as a social enterprise, helping underprivileged women in India by paying them to make handicrafts, which she would sell in Singapore.ST PHOTO: ALVIN HO

Carrie Tan desperately wanted to get married before she turned 30.

"It sounds ridiculous but I felt that if I did not get married by 30, there was something wrong with me as a woman," she says.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline 'Domestic violence moved her to act'. Subscribe