SisterWorks Inc. 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 a group of 25 women experiencing similar challenges, they began to make and sell crafts around Melbourne. They understood that to support each other is also to strengthen each other.
SisterWorks Inc. was born in May 2013 when a committee of volunteers joined the group with legal, fund-raising, marketing and administrative skills to give support and structure to the project. SisterWorks has accomplished much, with great human investment, small amounts of money, no salaries, shared spaces, and donated resources.