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.
The Thrive Refugee Enterprise which helps refugees start up their businesses has extended its activity from Sydney to Melbourne, opening an office at the heart of the city. We had a chat with the head and founder of this nonprofit organisation Mr Mahir Momand which can be heard here. The interview is in Dari language.
But as someone who escaped one of the most brutal civil wars in history – Ozegbe arrived in Australia in June 2003 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – she feels she's earned the right to think and act big.