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.

ReFashioned by A Fitting Connection

ReFashioned by A Fitting Connection

Enterprise name: ReFashioned by A Fitting Connection

What’s the trading activity

A Fitting Connection facilitates behaviour change through our range of workshops and school programs that focus on textile waste and upcycling.

Fundraising With Purpose School Program
This program, run as a series of school incursions, teaches students how to turn pre-loved clothing & textiles into new products that they then sell to raise money for their school or nominated charity. Along the way, they also learn about product development, creation, marketing, and tallying up the accounts.

Local school Apollo Parkways Primary School were able to turn 37kg of waste into upcycled dog toys, which they sold to raise funds for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Read more
Katrina has assisted schools in securing funding to undertake the program, through local council grants (Nillumbik & Banyule).Re-Fashioned Upcycling Workshops

One-off workshops that allow children to create their own fabric football, accessory or another item from offcuts and pre-loved garments. These workshops have been particularly popular with libraries, which incorporate them into their holiday and after-school programs.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses?

We address the 6 tons of textiles that is being sent to landfill every ten minutes in Australia.

We address it and educate the community about how to be purposeful in purchasing and depositing.

What is the biggest challenge?

Not having all the answers as to what we should do with unwanted textiles and what happens with it when it does go off to the few organisations that do accept textile waste.

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