How we came to be
SisterWorks evolved from a group founded by Luz Restrepo, a political refugee from Colombia. Luz arrived in Australia in 2010 with her life in tatters and spoke no English. “I felt like a nobody; frightened, isolated and disempowered.”
She soon discovered that she was not alone. Along with another 25 women experiencing similar challenges, she began to make and sell crafts around Melbourne. They understood that to support each other was also to strengthen each other.
The SisterWorks model was officially incorporated in May 2013 when a committee of volunteers joined them with legal, fund-raising, marketing and administrative skills, providing support and structure to the project.