Sister Stories

Storytelling is core to Global Sisters. Through storytelling we can not only communicate impact but amplify Sister voices, raise the profiles of Sister businesses, recognise the impact of pro bono support, advocate for policy and systems change, and challenge disempowering mainstream narratives about Australian women (particularly older women and single mothers). You’ll find two types of stories here. Sister Impact Stories showing the impact Global Sisters support has had on individual Sisters, and Sister Stories which showcase the Sisters’ lives and journies.

Be inspired by their grit, resilience and brilliance. 

Sister Impact Snapshots

Sister Impact Stories illustrate the impact Global Sisters support has had on individual Sisters and the change created across our 6 social impact domains: Business Acumen, Enterprise, Financial Resilience, Empowerment, Influence and Connection.

Jo-Ann Wolles

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Yarrie Bangura

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Corina Muir

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Minerva Jimenez

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Cindy Chen

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Jacqui Thomas

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Celeste Iannotta

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Nikki Hind

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Glenis Wilkinson

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Aysha Navlakhi

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Joanne Diver

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Lila Bate

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Kirsty Parkes

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Sister Stories

Sister Stories are an opportunity to amplify the voices of individual Sisters, where they share their personal and business journey. 

Sister Stories
March 31, 2021

Nelsa Simmonds,
This Is Who I Am

Nelsa Simmonds, 55, from Sydney I believe that unleashing creativity is the future of mental health. I’m looking at reconceptualising trauma by taking people through two programs: This Is Who…
Sister Stories
March 31, 2021

Asha Murphy,
Edu-fy

Asha Murphy, 63, from Sydney At Edu-fy, our idea is to uplift everybody, no matter who they are. I carry an image in my head of a little girl outside…
Sister Stories
March 26, 2021

Yoko Nakazawa,
Cooking with Koji

My name is Yoko Nakazawa. I make organic miso paste and my business is called Cooking with Koji. We sell at farmer’s markets and also run cooking workshops. It started…
Sister Stories
March 25, 2021

Nikki Hind,
Blind Grit

I’m Nikki Hind. I am Australia’s first legally blind fashion designer and my business is Blind Grit. It’s a prestige fashion brand built entirely of and around people who live…
Sister Stories
March 25, 2021

Jo-Ann Wolles,
Goanna Hut

My name is Jo-Ann Wolles. I’m a chef and a mother of three and I live in Sydney. My business is called Goanna Hut, it’s based on my indigenous cultural…
Sister Stories
March 17, 2021

Raeesa Khatree,
Edible Love by Rae

“My name is Raeesa Ally Khatree. I live in Brisbane and I have two children. I’m originally from South Africa, where I was a lawyer. I moved to Australia 14…
Sister Stories
February 22, 2021

Florence Olugbemiro,
Designed by Florence

My business, Designed by Florence, infuses the vibrant colours of African prints into beautiful designs for my baby doll collection. Our dolls' outfits are handmade by single mums in Nigeria…
Sister Stories
February 15, 2021

Glenis Wilkinson,
YOGA + MEDITATION

If there is one thing I have taken from my Global Sisters journey so far, it is that I have the power to change things. At Global Sisters, there is…
Sister Stories
February 15, 2021

Amy Nguyen, Zen Tea Lounge

My name is Amy. I came to Australia when I was 12. My sisters escaped from communist Vietnam by boat before being accepted to come to Australia from Hong Kong.…
Sister Stories
February 15, 2021

Corina Muir, Amber Days

My name is Corina. I own Amber Days, an ethical and sustainable childrenswear label. We’re 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and we collaborate with Aboriginal artists to tell stories about our…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Aysha Navlakhi, Events by Aysha

My name is Aysha Navlakhi and I run a catering business called Events by Aysha. I live in Brisbane and I’m South African Indian. I studied beauty therapy and massage…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Joanne Diver, The Backyard Garden Enthusiast

I’m Joanne Diver. I live in regional NSW with my husband and two children and my business is The Backyard Garden Enthusiast. I grow flower and vegetable seeds and sell…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Lila Bate, bVitra

A few years ago, I found myself in no-man’s land, middle-aged and unable to find a path back into the workforce. I was in my 50s and, because I was…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Rupi Mangal, Dossier Chief Cloud Solutions

I worked in IT in India for 18 years before migrating to Australia for a better environment for our son. When I initially came here, my husband and I were…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Kirsty Parkes, Sweet Cinnabun

When I started Sweet Cinnabun, I was a mum to five sons. I didn’t have babysitters, I didn’t have family support, there was no way for me to be able…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Milia Simielli, Milia Simielli Doula and Childbirth Educator

My name is Milia, I’m from Brazil and I’ve lived in Melbourne since 2015. I’m a doula and a childbirth educator and I designed a doll that can be pregnant,…
Sister Stories
June 13, 2020

Minerva Jimenez, Minjums

“I’m originally from Mexico and moved to Australia four years ago. When I became a mum, I wanted healthy food for my daughter, who is now three. I looked in…
Sister Stories
June 11, 2020

Celeste Iannotta, Miluny Mud

My name is Celeste Iannotta and I’m the creative director of Miluny Mud. I have a little boy with special needs and I live on the border of Albury-Wodonga. I…