Starting with our forefather, Seth Tolaram, the spirit of giving back has been ingrained in the culture of both the Tolaram family and business for generations.
As Tolaram evolves and grows, so does our responsibility to empower those around us to do the same.
In 2015, the family business Tolaram Group was restructured as a trust, with the Foundation becoming a 25% beneficiary of this. In 2016, we were formally incorporated to carry Tolaram's philanthropy into the future.
Our founder Mohan Vaswani retained his grandfather's name, Tolaram, together with those of his parents, Ishwari and Khanchand, to name Ishk Tolaram Foundation.
'Ishq' means love.
We chose to focus our work in Indonesia, Nigeria and Singapore to give back to the communities that have been home to the Tolaram family and business for several decades.
Our long-standing relationships with these communities also enable us to leverage existing partnerships, knowledge and resources to do strategic philanthropy and scale our impact.
While we operate independently from Tolaram Group and its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, we are synergistic partners committed to our shared history and goal of uplifting the communities around us.