Stephanie Woollard

Seven Women

Stephanie Woollard is an Australian social entrepreneur known for founding aid organisation Seven Women as well as Hands on Development and the Kathmandu cooking school. Stephanie speaks on and inspires people to adopt responsible business practices as the demand for ethical production booms in conjunction with the proven positive impact of social enterprise.

Steph began Seven Women at 22 after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a tiny tin shed. Being disabled and living in a superstitious community, the women lived in dire poverty. Steph wanted change and paid $200 for trainers to up-skill these women empowering them to sell products abroad.

Ever since Nepal, Steph has devoted her work to changing the lives of the marginalised. Her organisation has trained and employed over 1,000 disadvantaged women in remote Nepali villages. She shares her knowledge and ethics during tours through Nepal, Indigenous Australian communities as well as China. Steph’s vision underpinning all her work, is to create a more tolerant and compassionate world knowing that this is possible in our lifetime.