Information for Sisters

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The Sisters Project, lead by Dr Dhara Shah of the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation at Griffith University, aims to empower ‘sisters’ by building their self-efficacy, fostering their earnings, bringing them together in groups to form support networks or partnerships, and providing them with skill development, training, mentoring and coaching support, and grants to start a small business.

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Aims and objectives


This project aims to improve outcomes for women aged 50 and over on Newstart Allowance or similar programs, who are underemployed or unemployed, have missed out on or have limited superannuation, have poor future financial security, are in social housing or rental assistance or at risk of homelessness, and are keen to work.

The overall aim is to empower women and build their self-confidence by bringing them together to form support networks or partnerships, providing them with skill development, training, mentoring and small grants to start a micro-business.




The final objective of the project is to develop self-sufficient women who are connected into their community networks, with increased skills and opportunities for employment and, in turn, develop community capacity.

Success of this project is not about building successful and sustainable businesses, it is about building self-confidence and skills, to enable broader employment and creating a pathway to financial independence.

If you would like to apply to take part in this program, please click here.

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