Enterprise name SisterWorks
What’s the trading activity SisterWorks has a shop and cafe, a catering service, do market stalls, corporate workshops, and manufacturing.
Our shop and cafe provides entrepreneurship and employment opportunities to migrant, refugee and asylum seeker women – our Sisters. While also giving people an ethical community space where everyone can enjoy a tasty coffee, grab a bite to eat or purchase quality homemade and locally designed products. Our product range includes jewellery, body care, bags, homewares, candles, toys, newborn products, hampers and preserves. Visit us in Richmond or online.
Read more about our wide variety of trading activities here.
What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses? Since 2013 we have helped over 2500 women from 105 countries. We offer a range of programs, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities that help women to develop their skills, confidence, and connections. We also provide support with finding employment, starting their own businesses, and navigating the Australian system. We believe that when women are empowered, they can make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of their families and communities.
Enterprise name Professional Migrant Women
What’s the trading activity Our aim is to increase representation of diverse women in Australia through meaningful employment, career progression and leadership development through an intersectional lense.
How are you going with the work?
For the past two years, our team of PMW volunteers has been helping migrants women secure their first professional job in Australia, with 60% of our participants finding jobs during or in the first 3 months after the program.
However, the multiple personal and systematic barriers that diverse women face, makes it difficult for them to maximise their potential and contribution in the workplace.
Professional migrant women are capable, adapted and ambitious, and are willing to take on new challenges and contribute with their skills and talents. But they need opportunities and support to overcome the barriers that hold them back.
We want to expand our services and offer programs that help diverse women develop their skills, gain visibility and influence to advance their careers and increase representation.
These programs will give sustainability to our business, create employment opportunities and increase our impact.
What is the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is access to funding or capital.
Our level 1 program, is a 3-months program with very low administrative fees that cover the cost of our systems, but is not enough to make our operations sustainable.
For that reason, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support pilots for our 2 new programs. More details in the link below.