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Joanne Gao wants to run Chinese tea ceremonies as a small business (ABC News Selina Ross)

A CatholicCare Tasmania project is helping people with migrant or asylum-seeker backgrounds to develop micro-businesses. Source: ABC News.

The Moonah Bazaar project is working with eight migrants who have lived in Australia for fewer than five years and have skills and passion, but “don’t know how to get started”.

The project aimed to establish at least six sustainable micro-businesses through coaching and training. The participants have done a four-day workshop and will soon have individual consultations with mentors.

One participant is Joanne Gao, who is working CatholicCare to turn her idea of running Chinese tea ceremonies into a small business.

Andrea Witt from CatholicCare said the project worked with people who already had a business plan or idea and needed help to progress it.

“A lot of the people that we’re working with have had a dream and they’ve had that dream for a really long time but they haven’t necessarily had the opportunity or known how to get started,” Ms Witt said.

“Typically, we’re looking at people who come with a whole heap of rich skills and passion about what they’re wanting to do, but don’t know how to get started.”

The project was funded through the state Government’s Multicultural Grants Program. It has also helped artist Billy Li, who hand-paints clothing and creates murals for businesses like bars and cafes.

The businesses will run from a monthly bazaar in the Hobart suburb of Moonah, scheduled to start in March next year.


Moonah Bazaar project working with Tasmanian migrants to develop micro-businesses (By Selina Ross, ABC News

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