Following are some of the success Stories in our journey

Janie Zhang -  Senior Care and Cleaning Business

The first time I met Janie was back in 2014 at the Rosemount Community Centre, where she just joined to participate in the development of a program aimed to fostering and encouraging refugees and immigrants  alike  in developing their own micro business. Our role was to mentor them and nourish their business idea. Of course the idea had to have merit and had the potential of becoming a business.


Janies first idea was cleaning products and a cleaning business aimed at domestic and hotel industries. Ezy Green Clean was born.



Over a number of months, Janie’s tenacity and hard work saw establish her client domestic home clearing in various parts of the Eastern suburbs. She started to employ people and within 12 months she had a cleaners workforce of 12.

Then lady luck smiled on her and she won a contract to service a couple of boutique hotels in the Eastern suburbs. Her business was on a growth path. Then we helped Janie put in her first tender to supply cleaning services to a refugee organisation in the Western suburbs. This increased her customer base to over 50 active clients.

Still Janie had her heart also set on the Aged Care, and she started to explore all possibilities so set up such a business. Her desire was to help people in need. Janie today is running  an additional business Circle of Life Caregivers Australia






Janie still has one more ambitious project - a Residential Home Care business.

Janie's motto.











For more information go to www.caregiversaust.com



Shazia Fazal  -  Artist


There are men and women who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men and women who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men and women who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones. (Bertolt Brecht)


Art and struggle walk hand-in-hand.The process of creating art -- and developing as an artist -- may not always be pleasant. Furthermore, it does not always result in praise. Even when praise is achieved... it is often fleeting. The need for recognition is a sad reason for entering the world of art marketing IF passion is lost in the process. It is OK to desire recognition (seek fame and fortune if you wish)... BUT upholding ones passion for creating and sharing a visual message is far more desirable. I feel that my artist friends should prioritise their needs.

 

This is what I want to stress: Lack of recognition -- be it in the form of failing to win an art prize OR failing to sell a piece -- is not a reason to 'give up' as an artist. It is not a valid reason for tossing your passion aside. Lack of recognition is a common struggle faced by artists and other creative individuals. Point-blank, my artist friends are not the first artists to face these struggles... nor will they be the last. They need to stop whining. They need to toughen up... and get back to work. They won't receive pity from me... only pressure.


The first time I met Shazia was at the Paddington markets in Sydney. Her work immediately caught my eye against the other 100 or so paintings.

Shazia Fazal was born in Pakistan and arrived in Australia in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Balochistan, Pakistan. She worked as an art teacher in Pakistan.

Shazia’s goal is to become a renowned  artist, where her work is exhibited in well known galleries. She first started with still life and life figurative drawings, using only charcoal, collage, pencil and colour pencils.

She moved onto painting portraits, life figures and landscape in the impressionism style using oil paint, acrylic and water colours.

She says “as time progressed and as my life, thoughts and emotions changed so did my paintings. Now I paint in abstract style using acrylic paint on paper and canvas and want to express my feeling in the abstract style”


“The environments of society in which an artist lives has a great influence on his mind and heart, an art work mirror the environment and society of the artist, and today the society where in we live, with great excuse, is severely inflicted with gender disparity, which in a sense is devouring the very roots of our society like a termite.


More over, the women are over-burden with variety of socially complex issues and many a time does not exactly get the place and honour they rightly deserve. Worst of all, they are confined with in the boundary of houses where they could make least interactions with the outer world.


In this men dominant society they are considered social outcasts and paid minimal attention. They seemed to have no lives of their own and  heartlessly placed at the disposal  of the men who,many a times, treat at their own mild or wild will. Perhaps in such an unfavourable atmosphere even the seeds of germinating  nature may not sprout;God knows how many of suns might have gone unnoticed and how many have sunk into its own lights.


Where, dr.Iqbal clearly addresses the question in the lines bellow:


                             Wajoot e zan se tasweer kahinaat mai rang


                              Oosi ke saaz se hai  soz o saru


The existence of woman is the colour of universe’s view


And to their tune the heart of life dances


Most probably, woman beings life and to her lap it ends.Women are the flowers that emit aroma to every nook and corner of the world, like  the gloaming moon they exist. The hovering clouds do temporarily cover and fades its light;. However, like the symbol of beauty it perpetually stands and is still the object of every art.”


 


Shazia Fazal


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014 - Campsie Library NSW


2012 - Ultimo TAFE


2012 - Chrisse Cotter Gallery, Marrickville


2009 -  Urooj Art Gallery Quetta




GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2015 - Randwick Children Hospital


2014 - Stirrup Gallery, Marrickville


2013 - Fairfield Museum


2012/3 - Hunters Hill Art Competition


2012/ Restoring Hope Refugee Week


Entrant in the 2016 Archibald, Wynne & Sulman art prizes at the NSW Art Gallery.



For more information please visit

www.shaziart.com

Hamid  - commercial painting & decorating


I met Hamid back in 2014 at Rosemount Community Centre. Hamid made front pages in the Australia newspapers - a refugee from Iran his entry to Australia is worth a doco.

A body builder back in Iran, he is like a gentle giant. Full of compassion and understanding and wishing to make a life for his family.

His original idea was a Persian Cafe in the Western burbs. We worked with him for months and searched high and low for that cafe that his business plan projected he could afford. We worked with him to get the necessary micro finance he needed for the project. Hookah and equipment was on the way. Alas finding that elusive cafe was more than a challenge. In the end Hamid decided to opt for an entertainment cafe. Billiards, pool tables and home made Persian ice cream was on offer and so on a balmy morning, Patogh Cafe opened for business.

The business did not go as well as expected and with all the by-laws and restrictions, Hamid decided to close it done. As he only had a short lease and bought all the fixtures and fittings at a good price, not much of a financial loss was incurred. As the saying goes all experience is good experience in busyness.

Not to be deterred Hamid moved on to his new venture - painting and decoratng - somethin he always had at the back of his mind. And so in May this year - AAA Quality Painting & Decorating was born.







For more information please go to

www.aaaqpd.com

MARGARET TENGBEH  - EMERGING FASHION DESIGNER

Designing is a lifelong passion for the creative force behind Merit Design, Margaret Tengbeh.




 Margaret's love of fashion & style has been an evolutionary process since childhood. She went from making clothes for herself, to making them for friends, then for women at large. But before all this, Margaret since the age of 12 was making clothes for her Barbie dolls from floor cuttings she got from the local seamstress.




Her love of creating something beautiful and useful continues to evolve.




Some personal thoughts...




“I want wearing these clothes and jewerly to feel like a lovely adventure., and to connect with my heritage Africa.




I feel that good clothes must have lasting qualities. They should be beautiful, practical and not overly complicated.




I love timeless pieces that feel contemporary, and modern clothes that have a sense of luxury and practicality. ...I love to mix it up!




We should feel GOOD in what we wear, and we should feel like ourselves.




I believe in cultivating personal style over chasing fashion trends.




When friends tell me how much they love wearing certain pieces, how they good they feel, the compliments they’ve received, it makes me truly happy.”






Margaret Tengbeh

Designing is a lifelong passion for the creative force behind Merit Design, Margaret Tengbeh.

 Margaret's love of fashion & style has been an evolutionary process since childhood. She went from making clothes for herself, to making them for friends, then for women at large. But before all this, Margaret since the age of 12 was making clothes for her Barbie dolls from floor cuttings she got from the local seamstress.

Her love of creating something beautiful and useful continues to evolve.

Some personal thoughts...

“I want wearing these clothes and jewerly to feel like a lovely adventure., and to connect with my heritage Africa.

I feel that good clothes must have lasting qualities. They should be beautiful, practical and not overly complicated.

I love timeless pieces that feel contemporary, and modern clothes that have a sense of luxury and practicality. ...I love to mix it up!

We should feel GOOD in what we wear, and we should feel like ourselves.

I believe in cultivating personal style over chasing fashion trends.

When friends tell me how much they love wearing certain pieces, how they good they feel, the compliments they’ve received, it makes me truly happy.”


Margaret Tengbeh

For more information please visit

www.meritdesignclothing.com

DEYKI KANING - DAKINLA - ARTISAN DESIGNED JEWERLY


The inspiration behind DAKINILA artisan craft jewelry is derived from nature and ancient culture from both the east and west. Dakinila in Tibetan means ‘enlightened female’ or a ‘female with wisdom’.

I was born and grew up in the Himalayas, my mother Chokey Kaning comes from a well-known family lineage from Northern Tibet. My grandfather, born in Lhasa, was of aristocrat background he then moved to the Tho Nabring area to serve the Tibetan people as a minister.


My grandmother came from a lineage of great healers and Yogis from buma lalung tangma. After the invasion of Tibet in 1959, she and my father escaped to India with a few possessions including a necklace. On special occasions she wore this striking antique necklace covered with inlaid precious stones, with a pendant made from gold and decorated with precious stones that were in the Kaning family for decades.


So it was that as a young girl, my interest and passion for jewelry manifested itself. Over the following years my passion towards art and Buddhism grew as did my passion for gemstones and the art of healing and energy.


Dakinila’s vision is to bring back the ancient art of artisan work back to life. It’s environmentally friendly products cater to today’s modern fashion. Over the years I learnt the art of silversmith and beading and the art of energy healing using precious gemstones and crystal. I bring colors and meaning to my jewelry.


Dakinila latest collection design is inspired by elements and chakra, vintage and colorful beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

I am not only driven by the passion in making beautiful artisan jewelry but also it is a connection to my roots and to highlight the wisdom of women from around the world.


I dedicated my work to my late mother who followed the Dakinila principle


Dekyi Phuntsok Kaning


FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT

WWW.DAKINILA.COM

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