Our Sisters

Amy Nguyen’s – Zen Tea Lounge

Amy Nguyen’s business is Zen Tea Lounge, supporting local disadvantaged migrant women. She started off with an online tea retail outlet two years ago and has now progressed to opening premises in Smithfield. Zen Tea Lounge is now a venture comprising a Tea House, a restaurant and the wholesale of tea.

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Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio is based at Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing, the heart of the Kimberley, Western Australia.

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Indigiearth

Sharon Fraser, a Ngemba Weilwan woman of Western NSW, established her business Indigiearth to bring Australian natural products and ingredients to people across the country, offering a wide range of goods such as jams, sauces, chutneys, herbs and spices, herbal teas, biscuits, chocolate coated macadamia nuts, and native skincare products.

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Maryan Aziz – Ma-aki Soy

Maryan Aziz came to Australia from Sudan as a six-year- old. She started her Sydney-based business, Ma-aki Soy in 2016, offering beautiful natural soy candles.

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Florence Olugbemiro – Designed by Florence

Instead of donating them to op shops, Florence Olugbemiro wanted to do something different with all her colourful African garments “I felt burdened about where to dispose of our pre-loved beautiful and stunning outfits,” Florence says.  So Designed by Florence, Inspired by Africa was born.

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Made By our sisters with love

Meet the makers who created the Artisan Christmas hampers. Our Sisters and Artisans have put together an amazing curated selection of gourmet home made treats and Christmas decorations created with love and packed with pride.
By purchasing our Artisan boxes, you’re supporting:
– Business income for 28 Australian women
– Fulfilling employment for 11 people with disabilities
– Hundreds of women in our SisterTribe

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Georgie O’Connor – go engage

Georgie O’Connor, founder of go engage refers to herself as a ‘brand detective’. “I have the knack of examining all the elements of a brand, finding any missing links and helping brands to get back on track,” she explains. “I’ve had over 20 years’ experience realigning and transforming brands, delivering strategic marketing communications programs and supporting businesses to grow and effect meaningful change.”

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Jessica Hughes – Jams for a Cause

Queensland based Jessica Hughes, mum of three and founder of Jams For A Cause isn’t only an entrepreneur, she’s a registered nurse, a chef and community leader – all things which, in one respect or another, have come together in her business idea.

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An Lee – Gifted + Fearless

Global Sister An Le is in the business of providing ethical gifts: care packages for women going through hard times – ‘a warm hug in a box,’ she calls it.

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Vikki James – Lewah Bowtique

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Careworks Sewing

Careworks Sewing, a community-based sewing and alteration program, is named after the larger organization it belongs to, the not for profit entity Northern Community Careworks Ltd.

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Indija Mahjoeddin

As a freelance artist Adelaide-born Indija Mahjoeddin operates her business under her own name. Her enterprise currently offers tiny sculptures and wearable art made of porcelain and silver. She is always branching out though – another project in the pipeline is making chocolate rhinos in a bid to raise awareness of the endangered status of these creatures.

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Cat Edwards – Happy Cat Productions

Cat Edwards started her business, Happy Cat Productions, back in 2011. Happy Cat Productions is an events business that also provides readings and spiritual consultations. This includes life coaching and nutritional support, assisting clients to find and follow their direction in life.

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Kirsty McLarry – Sweet CinnaBun

Sydney-based mum of five and founder/ CEO of Sweet CinnaBun, Kirsty McLarry, loves to bake. She hit on the idea of combining a cinnamon bun with a doughnut, then adding a sweet sauce or glaze. After she donated some of her unique buns to a charity site in 2017, she was inundated with people wanting to buy them.

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Holla & Santa – Wild by Soulexplor3r

Meet Holla & Santa, the fabulous young women behind Wild by Soulexplor3r. Through participating
in the Global Sisters GLO Youth Challenge, they identified a need in the community for natural beauty
and hair products, specifically for African hair and skin. They are on a mission to see young Australian
women of African descent embrace their natural beauty, rather than hiding it under synthetic wigs and
damaging their hair with chemical products.

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Shefaa Goder – Dessert by Design

Shefaa Goder hails from Cape Town in South Africa and is now based in Calamvale, Brisbane, where she runs her business Dessert by Design, creating bespoke desserts and beautiful tablescapes. Shefaa started out baking for her children’s birthday parties and fell in love with the creativity of baking and then creating the best setting for her desserts.

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Aroma Iftakhar Hussain – AR Iftakhar Creative Design

Canberra-based Aroma Iftakhar Hussain is passionate about helping other women. Her business, AR Iftakhar Creative Design designs, produces and sells cards, invitations, posters and flyers.

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Matr Boomie

Matr Boomie is a Fair Trade company founded in the US with the goal of alleviating poverty in rural India by utilising the craft skills of locals. Matr Boomie works with grassroots organizations to transform unskilled women and men into master artisans, with a focus on ethical and sustainable business practice.

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Somrudee Phonkhet – Shebah Driver

Somrudee Phonket loves driving so it made perfect sense for her to start working as a Shebah driver, offering safe and friendly driving services in Canberra for women and children under 12. Shebah is the female family friendly alternative to Uber, which was started up by a single mum like Somrudee herself. Somrudee, who calls herself Deedee, heard about Shebah at a My Big Idea workshop and was inspired by the story. “I saw how many other women had in their hearts to help other women and I am like them too,” she says.

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Kagi Kowa – Nubia Designs

Kagi Kowa is originally from Sudan. When she arrived in Australia from Kenya with her three sisters she found that creating art helped her overcome feelings of loss, displacement, and self-identity. She started her social enterprise business, Nubia Designs, in 2017 to help fellow refugees transition to life here through creating and enjoying art.

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Jaime Poutapu – Mindful Sweets

Being gluten intolerant meant Jaime Poutapu became increasingly conscious of healthy eating and the need to choose products with quality ingredients. With her friend Amber she established Mindful Sweets in 2016, selling cakes and slices which are free of gluten, refined sugar and dairy, using only whole-food ingredients.

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Houda Jebeile – Leave ECO Prints

Houda Jebeile has lived all over the world: in Ghana, Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, England, Ivory Coast, Australia and Algeria. Right now, home is Sydney where she lives with her two children.

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Ita Andehui Lopez – Salsitas

Ita Andehui Lopez was born in Mexico City and migrated to Australia 18 years ago.

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Pa Ywel Paw – TOO AND LOU

As a young girl in a refugee camp at the Thai-Burma border, Pa Ywel Paw begged her mother for a needle and thread so she could help by sewing together the scraps of material that fell on the floor from her mother’s sewing.

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Glenis Wilkinson – Yoga with Glenis

While taking part in an outdoor yoga class in Brisbane, Glenis Wilkinson was inspired to start her own business teaching yoga. “I can do this,” she thought and so she did, kicking off several years ago by offering classes on a gold coin donation basis.

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Michaela Skelly – Super M Press

Having worked since she was a 12-years-old, Michaela Skelly is putting her finely-tuned organisational skills into her business, Super M Press, a one stop publishing studio.

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Dana Westwood – gxGirl

For a long time, Dana Westwood felt she was always working very hard for others, but she found many negative experiences and little success and happiness for herself. After losing her mother, she realised that life really is short and that it was time to take a chance, take control of her life, and start reaching for her dreams.

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Kazumi Rotapel – Kazumi’s Sweets n Treats

Most of us can relate to finding happiness and satisfaction in a crunchy fresh pastry or delicious French dessert – but for Kazumi Rotapel, these sweet treats offer much more, including the chance to fulfil her dreams and achieve financial independence.

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Jamie Brown – The Happiness Ninja

Throughout her life, Jamie Brown has faced many obstacles to happiness, with a story that she kindly describes as ‘long and complicated’ and which sadly involved more exposure to drugs and alcohol and abuse than most of us would have to deal with in our lifetimes.

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Liza Dezfouli – Creative Persuasive Copy

When you say ‘copywriter’ not many people understand what that is – it means Liza writes words
that sell. Whenever you use words to get your business noticed, whether it’s an ad, a brochure, a
script for a video, pages on your website, a power point presentation, your social media profiles,
a blog post or even an e–book, that’s the sort of writing she does.

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Colleen McCormack – Magknitude

Colleen McCormack was just 16 years old when she was struck with a number of health challenges that derailed her promising academic results and forced her to reconsider her future plans.

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Lina Qasem – Robofun

Originally from Palestine, Lina’s new life in Australia has provided her with the opportunity to follow her dream of owning her own business.

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Mona Mahamed – Community Support Services Incorporated

Mona Mohamed mother of six children living in Bankstown, Sydney. Mona is of Egyptian heritage born and raised in Australia.

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Cindy Barden – Lil Bug Love

Lil Love Bug is an inspiring social enterprise, the work of Brisbane based mum, Cindy Barden. Cindy is on a mission to create comfort kits for kids whose mother or caregiver are escaping domestic violence.

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Luul Aligas – Zuhaira Somali Sauces

It’s a long way from Somalia to Melbourne, but Luul’s new life in Australia has provided her with the opportunity to follow her dream of owning her own business. Luul is working toward establishing her business, Zuhaira Somali Sauces, sharing her traditional recipes, knowledge, skills and techniques with other women in their community.

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Fiona Wilkinson – Fiona’s Pet Services

After starting her career in childcare, Fiona Wilkinson realised her true passion lay in helping care for people’s furry family members. Her aim is to provide the caring, responsible and trustworthy services that she would want as a pet owner.

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Huong Ngo

Our inspiring sister Huong, born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has long nurtured a love of and impressive talent for sewing. But since she began sewing at age 18, Huong has faced many challenges.

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Lauraline K’hser

By Mee Mee is an inspiring one-woman operation, the work of our sister Lauraline. Lauraline hand-crochets beautiful children’s toys using soft cotton to create classic keepsake toys such as bunnies and teddies. Nicknamed ‘Mee Mee’ as a child, Lauraline felt it the perfect name – meaning ‘cute cat’ in her native tongue – for her business.
 

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TWICH Women’s Sewing Collective

Named for its members’ community in South Sudan, Twich Women’s Sewing Collective was formed in 2011. In
2012, recognising the potential for the group to serve as a place for South Sudanese women to not only gather and connect, but to develop marketable skills, Abuk Bol steered the collective to become a sewing business

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Eva Nargoodah

Eva was born on Christmas Creek Station and grew up with her parents until the age of six. Eva’s father was a
stockman and her mother worked in the house. Eva was taken away to GoGo Station where her great-
grandmother lived. She moved there with the manager Vic Johns from Christmas Creek, where her father and
mother again worked.

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Satomi Shimizu – Tomi Art Sudios

Satomi Shimizu blends a flair for modern design concepts with a deep connection to the aesthetics of the traditional Japanese art and culture of her heritage….

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Sandra Nugget

Sandra Nuggett is a member of the Walmajarri community, traditionally the community based itself in the Great South Desert of northern West Australia. Today the Walmajarri people live in small communities from Mulan in the north, to the Fitzroy River and Bidjadanga in the south Kimberley. Sandra spends most of her time living mostly in Bunuba Country near the Tunnel Creek.

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Jannike Larae Seiuli – Pacific Runway

Jannike was born in New Zealand, and has a rich Pacific heritage that is a combination of Samoan and Maori descent. She arrived in Australia at the age of 6 when her family moved across the Tasman Sea (or Te Tai-o-Rehua in the Maori native tongue) from New Zealand.

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The Possibility Project

Kath Davis and Kim Pearce have a passion for helping women realise their inner worth, and a deep belief that every person deserves to live with dignity.

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Cielo Quintero Restrepo – Cielito Creations

Cielito Creations was started in 2015 by Cielo Quintero Restrepo. Cielo was born and raised in Colombia, but followed love and her Australian husband to Melbourne, Australia, where they have made a new life together….

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Raven + Lily

Raven + Lily is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand that aims to help break the cycle of poverty through fair trade and long term employment of women in economically challenged countries.

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Rouba Saadat

Rouba was born in a village in Syria surrounded by the green hills in which her name draws inspiration from. She migrated to Australia in 2009 and now lives with her family in Canberra, ACT. She misses her family back in Syria, and the country of her birth, but is excited to be starting out in her own business….

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Achol, Athok and Traza – White Nile Women

White Nile Women is run by Achol, Athok and Traza, three women who have settled in Canberra after fleeing their home country of South Sudan as refugees. The White Nile is one of the main tributaries to the Nile in Africa and the lifeblood of many African nations. White Nile Women take inspiration from this great river to bring their delicious South Sudanese cuisine to Canberra, providing nourishment and sharing a taste of their culture…..

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Andy Lee – Andy Lee Workshop

Andy Lee Workshop was started in 2014 by Andy Lee as a way to embrace her creativity and flare for design and use these talents to earn a living. Andy moved to Australia in 2010 from Hong Kong to be with her husband, and they are now growing an impressive rose garden together in Melbourne….

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Cloth & Co

Cloth & Co. is an Australian based luxury lifestyle brand founded with the primary objective of helping alleviate poverty through the utilisation of the traditional artisan’s skills, as well as providing capacity and skills development to those in need.

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Asifa Qarar – Tamanna Rugs

Tamanna is a social enterprise that was established by Asifa Qarar in 2016. The name “Tamanna” means “Wish” in Asifa’s native language (Dari/Hazaragi) and was inspired by her ‘wish’ to support the founding of a maternal clinic in Afghanistan that will help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women who do not otherwise have access to medical care. Tamanna also provides a sustainable source of income for the disadvantaged Afghan craftswomen who create the beautiful rugs Asifa sells here in Australia.

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Angela Paikea – Paikea Designs

Paikea Designs offers handcrafted headpieces, caplets and flowers across Sydney. Each item is carefully created by business owner Angela Paikea, who believes the art of weaving together materials or plants has a way of uniting and building people, connecting them in a way that encourages, uplifts and frees spirits.

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Yasmin Osman

Yassie is a business born out of creative thinking, helping others and a passion for beautiful things. Started by 19 year old Yasmin ‘Yassie’ Osman – who was inspired while studying a Fashion Enterprise Program – it offers jewellery Yasmin makes by hand, using natural stones of all shapes, sizes and colours…

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Pakao Sorn – Red Owl

Named after the owls in her village in Burma, business owner Pakao Sorn always enjoyed the sights and sounds of these creatures at night – and decided that the shape of their big body with the little ears would make for a cute, soft toy…

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Tigi Daramy

A traditional Gara Dyer, Tigi Dankay Daramy is continuing the long family tradition whilst building a new foundation for her family…

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Jennifer Teepaw Lowe

Teepaw – meaning ‘water flower’ – is a business that uses traditional fabrics and materials to create beautiful clothes, bags and dolls for the community. With a love of craft and making things, owner Jennifer ‘Teepaw’ Lowe has been growing the business since 1999, when she moved with her Australian husband and daughter to Canberra…

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Maureen Unasa

Maureen Unasa had been helping with her children’s school art project when she discovered her natural flair for weaving Pacific-inspired art and accessories. Since then she has been re-connecting with her homeland and traditional culture in Samoa, establishing Samoan Weaving HQ business and blog, with the aim to be the ‘go to’ place for all things connected with Samoan weaving…

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Kate Wojtczak

A mother of two, Kate moved to Australia for a better life, she says, when there were too many changes taking place in Europe, and the company she was working for collapsed. So she moved from the Iodz, Poland to Sydney in 2001…

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Cleonie Quayle

Cleonie Quayle is an artist and self-employed jewellery maker. She specialises in collecting, crafting and designing Australian Aboriginal fabric, gumnut and quongdong jewellery…

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Cindy Chen – Amok

Cindy is a single mum of three kids, living in South-West Sydney. She is a refugee from Cambodia who has overcome significant challenges to be financially independent and support her family.

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Jo-Jo

Jo-Jo is originally from West Africa but now lives in Australia. She misses the noise and activity of her home country – so much noise! – but is now kept very busy with her business in Sydney, as she continues to grow it and employ more people…

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Loraini Duikorokoro

A Sydney-based cleaning business, owner Loraini Duikorokoro was running personal and domestic care jobs with an aged care agency when she saw a need to provide this kind of service: domestic cleaning…

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Maria Alejandra Valenzuela

All her life Maria Valenzuela has created things with her hands. So it was a natural move when she discovered that, due to language barriers, she couldn’t continue her career as a Chilean journalist, she turned to her other passion – jewellery design…

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Nilakshi Khater

Some people call it temporary tattoos, some people call it art. To Nilakshi, she sees it as pure beauty. The owner of Henna Creative Body Art, Nilakshi has been creating designs with the red maroon colours since she can remember…

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Charlie Sze – Sze Beauty

Wellness in body, mind and spirit – that is the topic that Charlie and her friends in Hong Kong would regularly discuss. After living for 12 years in Australia, Charlie would like to share some of that wisdom which draws on Traditional Chinese Medicine…

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Yoko Nakazawa – Cooking with Koji

When people think of Japanese food, they might think of rice or sushi – but Yoko Nakazawa says miso is really at the heart of Japanese cooking.

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Pamela Mujica – PAMdesigned

While Pamela is fortunate to have a supportive family, feeling like she wanted to contribute financially to the household drove her decisions to start up her business in 2015.

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Mariam Awad

Mariam Awad was struggling to find a cake for her daughter’s birthday that was both unique and affordable, when she decided to bake it herself. The cake was so delicious and creative that when birthday party guests got a slice they asked for more and more…

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Rachel Bali Chan

For Rachel, sewing is not just work – it is her playtime too. She is in the business of making and selling clothing, and loving it. Starting with her friends and family, Rachel sews clothing for those close to her and is now expanding her range to people across Sydney…

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Seruwaia Voli

Seru Beauty Sydney-based beauty business is blossoming. Having completed courses in beauty and retail, beautician Seruwaia offers facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, body treatments and make-up…

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The creator of Peacebomb, a line of modern and effortlessly chic jewellery that is created using debris from the Vietnam War. Hand crafted by artisans in rural Laos, the pieces are finished in Vientiane and New York with precious metals and stones…

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Siamese Dream Design

Takes great pride in empowering indigenous women to provide financial security to their families while maintaining their cultural traditions…

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Basha Boutique

While a woman is working for Basha, she receives ongoing training and education in life skills, literacy, English, health, and values, as well as on-site day care and educational support for children…

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Jo-Ann Wolles – GoannaHut

A chef by trade and a Wiradjuri woman, Jo-Ann Wolles business Goanna Hut provides her with the opportunity to use her skills while also sharing her Aboriginal heritage and culture through a huge range of bush-tucker-inspired dishes…

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Nina Kovacevic

Nina Kovacevic has always known she wanted to work in makeup and has been quietly working on her business since 2015, though it has only been more recently that things have really started to take off…

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