Community Commerce is a social enterprise pilot program designed to reduce the social isolation and financial exclusion experienced by refugees and new migrants.
To view an interview with Community Commerce candidates, Fahmida and Javed Khan, please click on the image below.
Community Commerce recognises the breadth of skills and experience refugees and new migrants bring to Australia. It is designed to unlock this pre-existing ability and enable them to participate and contribute to the economy, by providing the business assistance, networks and capital necessary for successful candidates to begin and operate their own business.
In 2014, we are excited to be officially launching the Community Commerce pilot by assisting 6 successful candidates to begin their own business. To date, the pilot has hosted 10 University student interns and enlisted a network of over 20 business professionals to provide expert advice top our six new business owners.
This project provides the opportunity to tap into the wealth of skills, experience and education that are all too often being ignored for this particular cohort. It is our intention, that Community Commerce will provide the opportunity for a number of people and their families to escape the entrapment of welfare dependency or low-income generation that is encouraged by the traditional system.