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Kuhan Pathy

Kuhan Pathy, an engineer by practice, gathered RM15,000 in 2015 to purchase a truck online and officially started the food truck business in 2015 peddling Indian cuisine around Klang Valley. The inspiration behind Masala Wheels is to help his friend who was involved in a gang fight to get back on track. The food truck has grown into a cafe in Old Petaling Jaya in 2017.

Masala Wheels, an accredited social enterprise, makes it a point to hire individuals from marginalised communities; youth-at-risk, urban poor and single mothers. The income received is utilised to provide free meals for in-need beneficiaries. Since its inception, 350 people have been empowered by Masala Wheels’ multi-platform and more than 250,000 meals have been served.

Kuhan had won multiple accolades for his exemplary work with Masala Wheels for uplifting the B40 communities by providing employment opportunities. His accolades include OTC (Houston) 2021 Top 10 Emerging Leaders, ASEAN Business Awards 2021, Gen.T Asia 2021, Prestige 40 Under 40 2019 and The Star Golden Hearts Awards 2018. In 2022, he was selected to join the Obama Foundation Leaders Asia-Pacific program.

In 2021, Masala Wheels tapped into a new venture, Pepper Cloud, a cloud kitchen initiative set to benefit home-based entrepreneurs. Kuhan has also co-founded the Malaysian Chamber of Social Entrepreneur Development, advocating for public and private institutions to adopt social entrepreneurship models to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Kuhan has also worked closely with the Malaysian government in forming an upgraded social entrepreneurship blueprint.

Every one of us has a purpose in life and in that purpose, we should deeply reflect upon our existence. The societal impact that we leave behind, would have the power to tell our stories and inspire the next generation of changemakers. With that, our actions would have reached life’s fulfilment in a divine way.

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