NELSA SIMMONDS, This Is Who I Am

NELSA SIMMONDS, This Is Who I Am

I believe that unleashing creativity is the future of mental health. I’m looking at reconceptualising trauma by taking people through two programs: This Is Who I Am, which is about restoring identity; and then Designing Exciting Futures. I restore identity by looking...

ASHA MURPHY, Edu-fy

ASHA MURPHY, Edu-fy

At Edu-fy, our idea is to uplift everybody, no matter who they are. I carry an image in my head of a little girl outside her hut and she’s finished all her chores for the day and she’s got her mobile phone and she’s learning maths skills. She’s getting that joy of...

YOKO NAKAZAWA, Cooking with Koji

YOKO NAKAZAWA, Cooking with Koji

My name is Yoko Nakazawa. I make organic miso paste and my business is called Cooking with Koji. We sell at farmer’s markets and also run cooking workshops. It started from requests – people asked me, ‘Oh, you can make miso, can you sell it to me? Can you show me how...

RAEESA KHATREE, Edible Love by Rae

RAEESA KHATREE, Edible Love by Rae

“My name is Raeesa Ally Khatree. I live in Brisbane and I have two children. I’m originally from South Africa, where I was a lawyer. I moved to Australia 14 years ago and as a result, I couldn’t practice law. My business is Edible Love by Rae, I started off creating...

FLORENCE OLUGBEMIRO, Designed by Florence

FLORENCE OLUGBEMIRO, Designed by Florence

My business, Designed by Florence, infuses the vibrant colours of African prints into beautiful designs for my baby doll collection. Our dolls’ outfits are handmade by single mums in Nigeria who work with upcycled offcuts of material. I called my dolls Ima, which in...

GLENIS WILKINSON, YOGA + MEDITATION

GLENIS WILKINSON, YOGA + MEDITATION

If there is one thing I have taken from my Global Sisters journey so far, it is that I have the power to change things. At Global Sisters, there is camaraderie and hope and such a strength of force. I imagine all those going through the program have stories of...

CORINA MUIR, Amber Days

CORINA MUIR, Amber Days

My name is Corina. I own Amber Days, an ethical and sustainable childrenswear label. We’re 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and we collaborate with Aboriginal artists to tell stories about our culture. I’m a Yorta Yorta woman, my family is from Echuca. My culture is a...

AMY NGUYEN, Zen Tea Lounge

AMY NGUYEN, Zen Tea Lounge

“My name is Amy. I came to Australia when I was 12. My sisters escaped from communist Vietnam by boat before being accepted to come to Australia from Hong Kong. My parents and I arrived ten years later, in 1995. I don’t think I could do what my sisters did for...

AYSHA NAVLAKHI, Events by Aysha

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 therapy in South Africa and, when I moved to Australia 22 years ago, I had the equipment to start a...

JOANNE DIVER, The Backyard Garden Enthusiast

JOANNE DIVER, 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 them at markets and through social media.  I come from a background in natural resources...

LILA BATE, bVitra

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 caring for my children, I hadn’t worked for 12 years and my knowledge and skills were outdated. My confidence was...

RUPI MANGAL, Dossier Chief Cloud Solutions

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 both searching for a job and while we were in the process I met one prospective client who wanted a customised...

KIRSTY PARKES, Sweet Cinnabun

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 to afford to have a 9-5 job with daycare, after school care, before school care, as well as trying to raise five...

MINERVA JIMENEZ, Minjums

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 the supermarket for healthy products for her, but didn’t find many, so I decided to develop my own. I come from...

CELESTE IANNOTTA, Miluny Mud

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 make beautiful face masks out of the natural clay in our own environment. I have a strong connection to the...

JO-ANN WOLLES, Goanna Hut

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 heritage on my mother’s side of the family. I mix and blend my own native teas and I cater.  When my youngest son...

NIKKI HIND, Blind Grit

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 with a disability or mental illness. It’s something I feel very passionate about, releasing...