Photo credit: TAN WEI SHIN

IMPACT 0418: MAKING HOMES FEEL MORE LIKE HOME

Tan Wei Shin, 23, is the founder of Dodi, a company focusing on home and living.  She aims to provide people with little ways to spruce up their own living space without having to leave their own house. Today she shares more about the mission of DODI!

Tell us more about what you do!

I started Dodi during the circuit breaker, just selling candles. With everyone spending more time at home, I wanted to help people make their living spaces more comfortable. I started with making soy candles and selling them at affordable prices, and now, I also sell Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits to enhance creativity from the comfort of our customer’s own homes.

What inspired you to do this?

Customers have always been my main motivation to make candles. I realised more people started focusing on their quality of life, as they had to be home more often due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have shared with me how my candles have become a part of their lives, and that gifting has been made easier since I launched the gift-giving section on our website.

Have you faced any challenges so far?

Yes, of course! Getting raw materials is one of the main challenges in my business. Since all of our raw materials come from overseas, we have faced several stock delays due to the uncertain COVID-19 situations in different countries. Since then, we have searched for a variety of suppliers, and even travelled overseas to meet suppliers personally to solve this issue.

If you could share one piece of advice with your fellow youth, what would it be?

Love everything you do and take a leap of faith!

What are your hopes or plans for the future? What do you want to see or perhaps do?

We are now focusing on providing items for home and living, but we also hope to provide more DIY sets. Through providing opportunities for DIY projects, we aim to promote the importance of having your own me-time at home.

This article was published on Mar 11, 2022

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