Living on less

Living on less
Nicholas Fheng (left, in white/cream) and Lewin Low (right, in blue) are Ngee Ann Polytechnic business and social enterprise diploma students. Their FYP project, Living on Less, aims to raise awareness about relative poverty in Singapore.

SINGAPORE - On Monday, he will start work as a warehouse assistant.

His partner is still looking for a job.

The pair only have $790 to get them through each month, including paying rental, utilities and transport.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) students Lewin Low, 19, and Nicholas Fheng, 18, are taking on this lifestyle for the next two months as part of their final-year project.

Nicholas found the warehouse assistant job through a friend while Lewin hopes to work as a hawker's assistant.

Speaking to The New Paper, they shared their motivations for taking on this project.

Lewin said: "Poverty and helping people has been in our hearts. There are people who are poor in Singapore, it's not a third-world problem."


They hope to inspire others to help the low-income community.

The pair met as coursemates in NP's business and social enterprise course and decided to do their final-year project together, calling it Living on Less.

The sum of $790 came from the amount a two-person household receives from the Public Assistance Scheme.

As part of the experience, they will move into a rental flat and also stop using their student concession cards for public transport.

Despite that, Nicholas admits they cannot replicate all parts of a low-income lifestyle.

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