Meet Marjorie Tenchavez
Marjorie is the founder of Welcome Merchant, a social enterprise that elevates businesses led by refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. Welcome Merchant connects refugee entrepreneurs and their wider community. It aims to elevate the voices of refugee and asylum seeker entrepreneurs in Australia through curated dining experiences and their online directory.
Together we talked about the importance of supporting refugee originated businesses here in Australia, some of the challenges refugees might face, and the connectedness and value business can hold for refugees and their families in a new country.
Welcome Merchant's Refugee Week events
Refugee Week runs from the 20th till the 26th of June, the Welcome Merchant team are coordinating a handful of fun events you can take part in:
Sunday 20th June - Welcome Merchant Chefs: Racha's Syrian Kitchen, take over the kitchen at Cafe Freda's in Darlinghurst, from 12pm-9pm. Pre-book via Cafe Freda's website but walk-ins are welcome. Tickets Here
Sunday 20th June - from 2pm-6pm, Welcome Merchant artists' Pop-Up exhibition, Finding Self, at Abstract Thoughts Gallery, Darlinghurst. Just around the corner from Cafe Freda's, the featured artists are Raneen Shamon, Najla Sbei, Emmanuel Asante and Nadia Obeid. Tickets at the venue
Saturday 26th June - 2 x Women Artist Led Workshops from 11am. You can learn how to make bead jewellery with the amazing Nigerian jewellery designer, Bilikis from Billiano Designs. Or learn how to draw with charcoal from award-winning Iraq artist, Raneen Shamon. The workshops are open to all levels and all materials will be supplied. Pre-booking is essential. Tickets Here
big little brush
We sell beautiful, bamboo toothbrushes that do their best to do a helpful thing! Our profits help fund health and hygiene programs in remote Communities in Australia via Red Dust
Thanks for listening, big love to you and yours