Women working together to run their own business

The Sisters Project, led by Dr Dhara Shah of the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith Business School aims to empower ‘sisters’ by building their self-efficacy, fostering their earnings, bringing them together in groups to form support networks or partnerships, and providing them with skill development, training, mentoring and coaching support, and grants to start a small business.

The project is supported by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

Visit the Sisters website

Aims and objectives

This project aims to improve outcomes for women over 50 on Newstart Allowance or similar programs, who are underemployed or unemployed, have missed out on or have limited superannuation, have poor future financial security, are in social housing or rental assistance or at risk of homelessness, and are keen to work.

The overall aim is to empower women and build their self-confidence by bringing them together to form support networks or partnerships, providing them with skill development, training, mentoring and small grants to start a micro-business.

Outcomes

The final objective of the project is to develop self-sufficient women who are connected into their community networks, with increased skills and opportunities for employment and, in turn, develop community capacity.

Success of this project is not about building successful and sustainable businesses, it is about building self-confidence and skills, to enable broader employment and creating a pathway to financial independence.

Meet the team

Dhara Shah

Dhara Shah

Project Leader

Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser

Research Assistant

Maria Georgas

Maria Georgas

Administration Officer

Ainslie Meiklejohn

Ainslie Meiklejohn

Research Assistant

Nancy Spencer

Nancy Spencer

Associate

If you have a question, please feel free to get in touch

Contact details

Phone
(07) 3735 3798
Email
sistersinbusiness@griffith.edu.au
Address
Sisters Project
Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University
Room 1.55, Macrossan Building N16
170 Kessels Road
Nathan QLD 4111

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