Our new Sisterworks dolls range are inspired by the beautiful and diverse Sisters from around the world that are part of with:
Fatima is from Tanzania (Out of Stock)
“I was born in a refugee camp and have spent my whole life in camps before I came to Australia. Because of the war in my country, my family flew to Uganda, then to Ethiopia, and then to Tanzania where I was born. I learnt some English but not much. When we came to Australia everything was new. Today, after more than 8 years living here, I do not know how to move in this Western society. I am a single mum with five young children. When the children are at school, I go to English classes or to SisterWorks to learn about business. Here is my real English class. We talk, we laugh, we help each other. SisterWorks is a loving place.”
Maria is from South America
“I came to Melbourne two years ago with my husband because he was offered a job opportunity in his profession. In my country, I worked in my profession too. But when we came here, my English was not good enough, so I was alone at home not knowing how to engage in my new society. Now, while I am learning English, I am coming to SisterWorks, I am learning how to sew, but more important, I am making friends, connections, and learning how to work in this country, I am getting Australian work experience. At SisterWorks I feel empowered to help others and myself at the same time.”
Emily is from Europe
“10 years ago, I immigrated to Australia with my husband and our two young children. In my country I was an engineer, but when we came to Australia we spoke no English. In the beginning I really did not need to learn English, I was looking after my family and moving around in my small native community. But when my children grow up, I took the courage to leave my husband, who was abusing me since we came to this country. But I did not know how to support myself. Now at SisterWorks I am developing a business making crafts that I can sell, but more important I am sharing experiences with the other Sisters. These women have similar stories, this make me feel included, and encourage me to move forward. They help me when I can’t find the right words to express myself in English. SisterWorks is my big Australian family.”
Zehra is from the Middle East
“My husband, our children and I are Shia Hazara asylum seekers who fled our country 5 years ago because of the persecution of our people. In our country we owned a shop where we sold jewellery and rugs. We flew to Malaysia and then travelled to Australia by boat. When we came here, we spent 2 years in immigration detention waiting for our visas to be processed. This was a very hard time because we did not know what was going to happen. It still is. We are still waiting for our refugee visas but now I can focus on making my jewellery at SisterWorks. This gives me comfort because it my own. I am able to choose the designs and materials and see others wear my work. Being at SisterWorks makes me feel happy, feel safe.”
Ling-Ling is from Asia
“Six years ago, I came to Australia to get married to an amazing Australian man. We used to chat by internet, helped by Google translate. It was very difficult to leave my country, family and friends. When we started to live together, we realised that love was not enough. I needed to learn English to communicate with him, to have my own life, to stop the dependency on him, more when our first child was born. At SisterWorks me and my child are welcomed, while I learn to make some crafts he is playing around. Now that he is going to childcare, I have time to think of my future developing a business that allow me to look after for my family at the same time. At SisterWorks I understood that if I am happy, my family is happy too”.
- One per pack
- Length 26 cm
50% of the profit from this product supports the refugee and migrant women who made it.
M A D E W I T H L O V E L O C A L L Y E T H I C A L L Y
Through work and entrepreneurship, SisterWorks mission is to support women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants so they can improve their confidence, mental wellbeing, sense of belonging and economic outlook.