Being a mum is a precious gift

Funda arrived in Australia with her husband and daughter in September 2017. She moved from Istanbul, where she worked in historical restoration. With experience in an industry that relies upon ancient art and architecture, moving to Australia was a big adjustment for Funda. Funda cannot work in historical restoration in Australia because the country is so young – our oldest buildings are less than 300 years old. She plans to enrol in an architecture degree Read more…

Every Mum is important, every Mum is strong

Amanda is from Brazil, she arrived with her family in Australia in 2015. She is a resilient and courageous mum. Living in Australia has been challenging for her and her family. When they just moved in, Amanda felt very isolated. After she joined SisterWorks, she is part of our Family, she is very happy and has learnt new skills. Amanda is grateful to have her family here. She knows a mum is a gift in Read more…

My mum has always supported me and my family, she made me a strong woman

Ana Maria arrived in Australia as a tourist in 2013. She traveled here from Chile, where she sold vegetables at the market to support her family. When she arrived in Australia she met a man, and he promised her and her children a wonderful life. Ana Maria married this man, and they had a son – Joseph. She planned to bring her five children over from Chile as soon as possible, but her Australian husband Read more…

Not everyone learns by writing and reading

When I first came to Australia, I couldn’t speak English and simply couldn’t afford to pay for an English course at a TAFE or University. I learnt English in outer suburb community centres where there was a high concentration of new migrants like myself. Although I couldn’t articulate properly, I received all the support needed to progress quickly. It was a safe environment where I slowly felt confident to ask questions of my teachers and Read more…

Visit us!

April has been a huge month for the SisterWorks family, with some exciting new partnerships and opportunities! In Bendigo, we are starting our first regional Design Lab doing Beeswax wraps and reusable bread bags with the Bendigo Uniting Church and Bendigo Community Health Services. In Dandenong, we are developing our first mobile cooking program with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In Richmond, we are growing our Design Lab capacity with the Carringbush Adult Learning Education. Read more…

SisterWorks Tea Towels: A splash of colour

Our tea towels are stylish and beautifully designed, available in a modern variety of blue, black, green and red colours. Each geometric pattern is uniquely hand printed by our Sister Entrepreneurs. Woven with 100% flat weave cotton and ultra-absorbent, our towels are produced with the highest of quality, allowing you to clean with ease. Replace kitchen paper and be environmentally conscious by reducing waste and water usage. Take care of your reusable tea towel by Read more…

Alejandra – Chilean inspired jewellery out of wire, stone, and glass

In 2011, Maria Alejandra migrated from Chile with her family. When Alejandra first arrived in Australia, she was busy taking care of her daughter Catalina. She had limited English, and it was very difficult to find a good job – a struggle that many Sisters face when they arrive in Australia. An entrepreneur at heart, she began selling her jewellery in different markets around Melbourne. Unfortunately, with no support network, limited language skills, and a Read more…

Nominate SisterWorks as your charity at Richies IGA

As a social enterprise, we need your donation. Also, your purchase is important, 50% of the gross sales profit going back to the women who make the product. So, you are promoting economic sustainability for women.  Through Ritchies IGA you can support us in these two ways: Nominating SisterWorks as your charity. So, a percentage of your purchase will come to us. Buying our packaged food, eco-friendly packaging and organic body care products. You can find them Read more…

Celebrating people in our community

One of the best things about the SisterWorks community is that it is a safe and welcoming space that we can all come and go from. Sometimes life gets busy, or we may need to put our focus elsewhere, but we always have a place at SisterWorks to return to. Today we would like to acknowledge two of our most long term and committed Sisters. Some of our newer members may not know Viv and Read more…

Let us bring our sustainable and handmade products to you

Over the last month, our Sister Entrepreneurs have been running delicious food tasting sessions at our SisterWorks stores, sharing their personal stories and talking about the products they have made. Let us bring our sustainable, ethical and handmade products to your workplace, school/church fete or event with our Pop Up Shop. Everything is made here in Melbourne – with love! All you need to do is provide the time and space, and we will supply Read more…

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