Indigenous women in Kimberley are invited to participate in a free business course, worth over $4,500, created by local group Kimberley Jiyigas in partnership with Australia’s Cooperative Development Research Center North and Westpac.
The local Personal Development and Self-Employment Skills Building Program will be led by Kimberley Jiyigas and plans to build the business capacity of emerging indigenous businesswomen in the region.
Natasha Short, general manager of Kimberley Jiyigas, said that over the next 15 months, the SDSE Enhancer Circle program will support small groups of Indigenous women in learning the basics of business and money.
“Our program helps women learn how to balance the stresses of life and work and turn their business idea into a sustainable and profitable business or job opportunity,” she said.
“It’s also about providing women with skills and tools to navigate business and money management to support long-term success.”
CRCNA chief executive Anne Stunzner said the organization is committed to supporting the program, which promises to be much more than an “average” business course.
“Throughout this program, Natasha and her team will use their skills to implement a culturally appropriate training model to help women build their confidence and skills,” she said.
“Developing the capacity of indigenous women in the East Kimberley is about ensuring that women and their families are best placed to access emerging economic development opportunities.
“We want to ensure that the local community shares in the future employment and business opportunities that will develop from established and emerging industries and CRCNA’s research, development and engineering investments.
The SDSE Enhancer Circle program will provide 20 spots for aspiring Indigenous businesswomen to participate in face-to-face, small group and virtual training sessions spread over 15 months starting in May.
The training will conclude with a campaign camp in Kununurra in September this year and a conference in mid-2023.
Westpac’s National Aboriginal Banking Manager, Suzi Hullick, said Westpac was proud to work alongside Kimberley Jiyigas and the CRCNA to help East Kimberley women bring their business ideas to fruition.
“I visited Kalumburu last year for an economic roundtable and was impressed by the ideas I heard from local women who wanted to start their own businesses,” she said.
“I am very passionate about this program and helping to help women in Kimberley build a better future.”