Sister Stories

Storytelling is core to Global Sisters. Through storytelling we can not only communicate impact but amplify Sister voices, raise the profiles of Sister businesses, recognise the impact of pro bono support, advocate for policy and systems change, and challenge disempowering mainstream narratives about Australian women (particularly older women and single mothers). You’ll find two types of stories here. Sister Impact Stories showing the impact Global Sisters support has had on individual Sisters, and Sister Stories which showcase the Sisters’ lives and journies.

Be inspired by their grit, resilience and brilliance. 

Sister Impact Snapshots

Sister Impact Stories illustrate the impact Global Sisters support has had on individual Sisters and the change created across our 6 social impact domains: Business Acumen, Enterprise, Financial Resilience, Empowerment, Influence and Connection.

Jo-Ann Wolles

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Yarrie Bangura

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Corina Muir

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Minerva Jimenez

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Cindy Chen

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Jacqui Thomas

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Celeste Iannotta

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Nikki Hind

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Glenis Wilkinson

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Sister Stories

Sister Stories are an opportunity to amplify the voices of individual Sisters, where they share their personal and business journey. 

Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Aysha Navlakhi, Events by Aysha

My name is Aysha Navlakhi and I run a catering business called Events by Aysha. I live in Brisbane and I’m South African Indian. I studied beauty therapy and massage…
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June 13, 2020

Joanne Driver, The Backyard Garden Enthusiast

I’m Joanne Diver. I live in regional NSW with my husband and two children and my business is The Backyard Garden Enthusiast. I grow flower and vegetable seeds and sell…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Lila Bate, bVitra

A few years ago, I found myself in no-man’s land, middle-aged and unable to find a path back into the workforce. I was in my 50s and, because I was…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Rupi Mangal, Dossier Chief Cloud Solutions

I worked in IT in India for 18 years before migrating to Australia for a better environment for our son. When I initially came here, my husband and I were…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Kirsty Parkes, Sweet Cinnabun

When I started Sweet Cinnabun, I was a mum to five sons. I didn’t have babysitters, I didn’t have family support, there was no way for me to be able…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Milia Simielli, Milia Simielli Doula and Childbirth Educator

My name is Milia, I’m from Brazil and I’ve lived in Melbourne since 2015. I’m a doula and a childbirth educator and I designed a doll that can be pregnant,…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Minerva Jimenez, Minjums

“I’m originally from Mexico and moved to Australia four years ago. When I became a mum, I wanted healthy food for my daughter, who is now three. I looked in…
Sister Stories
June 11, 2020

Celeste Iannotta, Miluny Mud

My name is Celeste Iannotta and I’m the creative director of Miluny Mud. I have a little boy with special needs and I live on the border of Albury-Wodonga. I…
Sister Stories
June 11, 2020

Jo-Ann Wolles, Goanna Hut

My name is Jo-Ann Wolles. I’m a chef and a mother of three and I live in Sydney. My business is called Goanna Hut, it’s based on my indigenous cultural…
Sister Stories
June 11, 2020

Nikki Hind, Blind Grit

“I’m Nikki Hind. I am Australia’s first legally blind fashion designer and my business is Blind Grit. It’s a prestige fashion brand built entirely of and around people who live…