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About thrive

Who are we?

Thrive is a not-for-profit organisation established with the vital financial backing of Westpac, private donors and the generous support of leading companies such as Allianz, Deloitte, Gilbert & Tobin, KPMG, Korn Ferry, LOUD, Newgate and Equifax.

Thrive is registered as a charity with tax-deductible status for donations.

What do we do?

Our primary role is to provide business and financial support for refugees, which can help them start and grow viable new businesses.

We are able to provide these refugees support because of the generous aid from our strategic partners, volunteers and private donors. Their pro bono and financial support for refugees have enabled Thrive to create a system which lets us assist these entrepreneurs as they navigate through the complex and challenging path of starting, managing and sustaining a business.

In our last two years of operations, we have given out over 170 loans to our refugee entrepreneurs and have had over 1000 expressions of interest. Supporting our refugees are a group of about 100 dedicated volunteers, over 30 corporate partners as well as many other kind donors.

Why do we do it?

We do what we do because we believe that refugees and asylum seekers are eager for a fresh start. At Thrive, we want to help by giving them a leg up in society, as they can experience certain disadvantages that can make it more difficult for them to be financially independent.

By providing these refugees support for their business enterprises, Thrive enables them to become financially independent. We help them actively contribute to our economy and society by creating jobs, so that they may integrate faster and more successfully as active contributors to our economy and society.

Our focus areas

Providing information about the Australian business market and the knowledge and steps required to start or expand a business.


Providing financial support for refugees and asylum seekers in the form of microfinance loans for new or existing businesses.

Post loan

Providing post-loan mentoring to guide refugee entrepreneurs towards business success.

Our Vision

We want to positively transform the lives of refugees and asylum seekers by helping them build successful businesses and fulfilling lives, so they can make meaningful contributions to the Australian economy and society.

Our Team
Our Board of Directors
Our Advisory Council

Fondly known as the Chief 'Soul' Officer among members of the board, Sue Beecher has been an inspiration to us at Thrive. Although she is no more with us, her soul will live on in our hearts. A champion of the disadvantaged, Sue had used her considerable strategic and philanthropic expertise in supporting Thrive’s efforts with refugees and was indeed an integral part of our family. We will deeply miss you, Sue.