Luz Restrepo CEO Sisterworks

1. What does SisterWorks sell?

Food, homewares, kitchenware, jewelery, toys, clothes, bags and accessories.

2. Who are your products for?

Everyone! And the women making them receive 50% of the gross profits.

3. Why do you do this? 

We started SisterWorks as a community for women wanting a long term way to get out of social isolation and poverty. Many of our Sisters don’t speak English confidently and struggle to assimilate into Australian culture and a western way of life.

A lot have left behind professional success and financial security and are now supporting their children. And sadly many have had traumatic experiences.

ALL of our women have amazing potential. We ensure they gain access to the support they need to grow their own business, achieve a level of financial independence for themselves and set an example to their children, elevating future generations out of the poverty cycle.

4. What did you do before this?

I was a GP back in Columbia – but I think I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit!

5. What’s the best thing about running SisterWorks?

The people – I meet such a diverse range of women from all over the world, and every single one of them brings something positive and unique to SisterWorks.

6. What’s the worst thing about running SisterWorks?

SisterWorks is both a social enterprise and a charity. So the thing keeping me awake at night is juggling these two elements to ensure we have the funding we need for all the great things we know we can still do and to keep supporting what we’ve already built.

7. What advice would you give someone wanting to start a social enterprise?

Never give up – it’s a challenging road ahead, but such a worthwhile one to travel. Never lose sight of why you started, and always stay true to your vision.

Visit the Sisterworks store and find out more. 

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