Thrive is all about positive change. So we're both humbled and proud to see how the lives of refugee and asylum seeker entrepreneurs have been transformed through Thrive loans and business support, and how they in turn are making positive contributions to our economy and communities.
From tradespeople, domestic services providers, caterers, Uber drivers, designers and creative services suppliers, to commercial kitchen staff, handicraft experts, beauty parlours and leather workers, there are success stories waiting to be told in every industry.
It has been a true privilege and honour to assist one of Thrive’s applicants, Behnaz, on the journey to establish her own business. Working with Behnaz was a fantastic experience. We met on a number of occasions to discuss the details of her new venture and the information I gathered, allowed me to help her obtain the micro loan and pursue her business aspiration. This was also an occasion for me to learn more about her, her personal journey, and her passion for her work. As a volunteer I have completed a Business plan tailored to Behnaz’s business needs and area of expertise, which summarises the operational and financial objectives as well as the strategies to achieve them. The plan also includes financial projections which detail the forecasted performance (one to three years) and illustrates how the financing being sought will affect the business’s financial position. Volunteering for Thrive has been an absolutely enriching and fulfilling experience for me and I would definitively recommend it to anyone willing to help others and giving back to the community. By devoting your time and skills to this noble cause, you can truly make a difference and change a refugee’s life and people like Behnaz will change yours too.
I assisted a refugee, Jamei, in his application for a business loan so that he could buy a new commercial van. This involved learning about the industry, market dynamics and competitive landscape, helping him prepare his financial plan and writing a business plan. It was a great experience and I loved working with Jamei. I highly recommend getting involved with Thrive if you want to help refugees in a really meaningful and tangible way. When you meet the refugee that you’re partnered with, make sure you ask all the silly questions and really get to the bottom of why they’re so passionate about their business – once you understand that, it’s easy to write a convincing case!