'Odds are if you've ordered a Blueberry Muffin, Iced Lemon Loaf or other baked good from Starbucks, you've enjoyed the work of Ojus and Tejus—two brothers carrying on their father's dream.
Their father, Soham, immigrated from India as a young man and settled in Toronto to start a bakery with his brother. He passed down his entrepreneurial spirit and values to his own sons who eventually started their own bakery, selling muffins to eight local Starbucks stores.
Their company has grown over the years—expanding to thousands of Starbucks stores and launching their own line of naan. Ojus and Tejus attribute their success to their focus on quality ingredients and family values.
"For us it's like owning your heritage and figuring out how you take parts of your heritage and share it with the world. I think that's something that was baked into everything we do, from how we grew up to how we run the business."'
Pathfinders is an organisation that works to ensure the most vulnerable and unsupported children in Hong Kong are protected and respected, and that Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW) mothers are empowered to find a path to a brighter future.
Working with Pathfinder's case managers, volunteers, and communications team, I spent time with the women staying at the shelter to document the stories of their families.
Many of their employers wrongfully terminated their contract once they were made aware of their pregnancy. Their sudden unemployment means that securities like health insurance and the ability to stay in Hong Kong become endangered.
During COVID-19, many were stranded in Hong Kong, unable to return home to their family and support systems.
The images were subsequently used in their online and in-person fundraising events, such as billboards and social media marketing.