Work Empowers Women
Meet the Sisters who began their journeys with SisterWorks to empower themselves physically, emotionally and financially through handmade foods and crafts

I am so happy and independent now, and I want to say thanks to SisterWorks for this big change—to make me an entrepreneur and an empowered woman.

With SisterWorks I am starting to understand what we need to set up a proper business in Australia.
SisterWorks has helped me for the rest of my life. Luz helped me become strong and independent. This is best for me.

I have made friends through SisterWorks, and their volunteers taught me to use the sewing machine. My English skills have also developed, and SisterWorks has pushed me to learn to drive in Australia.

My experience with SisterWorks has been really good. I’ve gotten to know more people. I am more confident travelling around.
I don’t know how far I will go, but if I can become successful, it would be amazing. I have discovered a new passion—selling my products.

I want to help women who have dreams but are afraid to accomplish them or do not know how to start.

Maybe tomorrow I will be a successful business person. I hope that I will have my own shop, and that people in Australia will work for me. And then I will help other poor people perhaps newcomers to Australia, or people back home.
Since I came, great things have been coming into my life at the right time. It has been wonderful to participate in here. I realized now about my dreams and new challenges to undertake.
I am very glad I met Luz, because I don’t feel alone at SisterWorks. Every week we talk, laugh, and share stories.
You work for money for most of the time, and after some time you get fed up and think what am I doing with my life.
I like SisterWorks because, whenever I have a question or need help, I ask somebody at SisterWorks and somebody can help.
I am so happy to come here and to learn different things, to meet other people from different countries, to try something new. So I really like it.

SisterWorks is the support that I need to practice English, to show my arts, meet people and build my new network of contacts.

SisterWorks can offer opportunities to women that are suffering at home with a lot of problems.

SisterWorks is my conversation class. I’m not talking too much, but I am listening always.

With SistersWorks I recovered my hope and I am turning myself into an artistic entrepreneur.
I’ve just started on my SisterWorks journey, but I really like it. Everyone has been very helpful.
At SisterWorks there’s more sisters and there’s more company. There’s more belongingness.
I’ve had lots of experience from SisterWorks and so many opportunities. I think it is very good for me and it’s helpful for my family.
My ultimate goal is to create a sustainable program for SisterWorks… I always go back to what my grandma and mum taught us…
It’s work, but it doesn’t feel like work. It is a very positive environment here because we talk and chat, you know, it’s very relaxing.
As our eldest Sister, she has become an invaluable member of the SisterWorks family. Her smile and words of affection have filled a big part of our lives.

I’ve improved my skills because I learn more and more through SisterWorks. Different people help me

I come here, I have a happy feeling.

I talk with the ladies. Out of my two and a half years of being here in Australia, being at SisterWorks has been the best part.

Most importantly, SisterWorks has helped me extend my social network, where I’ve made new friends.

I have never had such a business on my own before, and so I will start with SisterWorks to learn the correct way to do this.

You meet lots of people, your English improves, you make contacts, you learn how to sell. This is what SisterWorks has done for me.
Thank you, SisterWorks, for showing me how to sell my things and make money. I am very, very happy!
I’m using SisterWorks as a stockist for my jewellery. I would like to make a brand out of my jewellery.
SisterWorks has helped me a lot. Now I feel like I have a family again. This family support helps me when I feel lonely.
I am very interested in both culture as well as artistic design, and Melbourne is the best place to do both of these things.
All the profit from the clothes I sell here pay for the cost of sending clothes to the children. My business is a charity to help them.

I came here, met friends. When you are new to a city, it is nice to have new people to know.

I would like to make my own jewellery, like I did in India.
I feel much happier having joined SisterWorks. I now can talk to other women and make new friends. This fills me with energy.

Life in Australia has been great for me, I am only disappointed I didn’t find SisterWorks earlier!

have been selling many products in the store, and in the future I would like to continue to expand my business.
I come to Sisterworks to drop off the things I make, but also I come to just chat. This to me is important.
There is much sickness and homelessness all over the world, and I hope to be able to establish myself so that I may be able to help orphaned children.
I am grateful to meet other ladies from different parts of the world trying to help each other and the rest of the community.
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