At Thrive, we don’t see our clients as refugees and asylum seekers – we see them as Australia’s next entrepreneurs. Because even though they may arrive with just the clothes on their backs, they rarely arrive empty-handed: they bring with them a wealth of experience, skills, innovative ideas and the motivation to build fulfilling lives and livelihoods in a safe country.
Thrive will help them realise their dreams by providing small business loans and support that enable them to start and grow successful businesses and become financially independent, while actively contributing to Australia’s economy and community life.
What Thrive offers refugee entrepreneurs
Education about the Australian business market and the knowledge and steps required to start or grow a business
Westpac, Australia's oldest bank, is backing some of the country's newest arrivals by putting $2 million into a microloan scheme, Thrive, which will give refugees microloans to start their own businesses.
Born in Afghanistan, Mahir Momand was forced to flee his country three times - first after the Soviet invasion and then following Taliban attacks, which targeted the credit unions he set up to help poor Afghanis to become self sufficient.