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was in my 50s and, because I was caring for my children, I hadn’t worked for 12 years and my knowledge and skills were outdated.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...