A Singaporean florist, Joseph Soh, established his venture based on flowers, food, and furniture some years ago which led him to make $6.7 million in 2018. From the early days of running a small business of selling flowers, he launched an online medium known as Xpressflower.com which helped him gain huge popularity among people. With the passage of time, he learned about introducing food and furniture into his venture due to which he managed to earn such a huge revenue in 2018.
Joseph Soh had involved himself in flower selling to help his sisters in handling their flower business. He faced a lot of challenges in the earlier days of life as there was no means to spread the word about the business online. Joseph said that he could not afford much education as his family was not rich and so it prompted him to jump into the outside world to find some work. He got an idea of importing flowers when he learned about the demand for dry Australian flowers in Japan. However, soon he realized that only selling the dry flowers in Singapore’s small market would not suffice which led him to sell fresh flowers too. Soon, by facing huge challenges, he opened a cafe and furniture shop along with flower shops in a limited space. People who look for Coffee Table in Singapore visit his cafe and also buy flowers as well as other decoration related stuff.
In the earlier days, he got his first retail store with the help of the landlord at Century Square. Realizing the role of the internet in the future, he launched his online business in the form of Xpressflower.com. Currently, he has two spacious office units with cold rooms to place imported flowers and a license for producing Disney characters design. Xpressflower.com started its first branch in the Philippines and made a revenue of $6.7M in 2018. Joseph got inspired by a florist in Hong Kong which led him to introduce two new verticals namely F&B and furniture in 2016. In order to expand on a large scale, he invested to buy 2,600 sq. ft. warehouse at a price of $4million to create Knots Cafe and Living.
Bringing clean water – Christopher Kenny’s Preservation Earth Project
Science plainly shows that a human can survive three weeks without food, yet most individuals cannot survive three to four days without water! Dehydration sets in, and the person will go into shock and become vegetative even if they continue to breathe. In other words, water is an essential requirement. A living thing cannot thrive without it. Nonetheless, it is a horrifying truth that billions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.
In developed countries, when everything from technology to luxury is available, receiving clean water at home is as ‘natural’ as breathing fresh air. Most individuals in advanced nations may not pay much attention to it, but this is not the case for the rest of the globe. Many countries continue to lack access to clean water sources or water appropriate for human use. Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be limited to the wealthy or those who live in cities. These are some of the most fundamental human health requirements, and all countries must ensure everyone has access to them.
The Preservation Earth Project (PEP) made its way to Tsaile, New Mexico. Over time, uranium mining, fracking, and pesticide abuse damaged the water supply, resulting in a high occurrence of numerous illnesses. Approximately 35% of the Navajo people do not have access to flowing water, and some must go to a remote location to fill barrels with water from a polluted local spring.
There is no doubt that climate change is boosting storm strength. Recent natural catastrophes have heightened the need for groups to step up and give support, answers, and relief to individuals affected by such natural disasters. The Preservation Earth Project is a non-profit organization that provides support, education, and solutions to help society transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
A look back at Christoper Kenny’s life
Chris Kenny was born in Summit, New Jersey, on May 4, 1961. He was one of twelve children. In 1980, he received a B.A. in economics and finance from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He also attended New York University, earning a commercial real estate management degree from the Schack Institute. Since 2018, he has served as the head of Strategy and E-trading at Hartfield, Titus, and Donnelly. Kenny started his career in the U.S. In 1985. He worked as a Treasury Bond Broker. He formerly worked at Bonds.com as the director of fixed income sales and technological development. His academic background is in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent demand as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity.
He used solar power on mobile platforms as a backup power source for emergencies, water purification, and water pumping.
His academic credentials are in business and finance. Chris is passionate about developing and promoting renewable energy, mainly when it is used to assist people in need. The potential to aid those in urgent need as a result of a human-caused environmental or natural disaster is not just a philanthropic act but also a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. He has over 38 years of experience in finance as a salesperson, broker, trader, and investor.
Making clean water available to everyone
In 2012, Kenny founded The Preservation Earth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides assistance, education, and alternative energy solutions to help society shift to renewable energy. It was involved and aided Haiti several times after the 2010 earthquake, providing portable solar electricity for water purification and medical facilities. In 2020, the business devised a solution for the Navajos’ contaminated water source. They collaborated with engineers and local officials to build, produce, and install a solar-powered water filtration system for the Navajo people of Tsaile, New Mexico. Other activities have included providing portable solar power to the “Cajun Navy” for rescue and clean-up in areas devastated by the 2015-2021 hurricane season in Louisiana.
The project designed, delivered, and installed a solar-powered filtration system that will provide clean drinking water to the local Navajo community 365 days a year for many years to come. Several more initiatives are in the works to provide safe drinking water to Native American communities on the Navajo Reservation.
President’s letters of gratitude
President Jimmy Carter sent Chris two heartfelt letters encouraging him to continue his charitable work. He suggested calling Habitat for Humanity and asking if they were interested in collaborating on a few projects. He and Kenny both helped out at the charity.
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