Our clients are more than refugees and asylum seekers–they are Australia’s next business owners. When these aspiring refugee business owners reach our country’s shores, they bring with them a wealth of experience, skills, innovative ideas and the motivation to build fulfilling lives and livelihoods in a safe country.
However, running a business as a refugee in Australia can be a daunting task. Refugees do not share the same privileges and benefits as Australian citizens, so the legal and administrative process of starting up and funding a refugee-owned business can prove to be a huge challenge to these aspiring refugee business owners.
That’s where we come in. At Thrive, we help these refugee business owners to live their dreams, become financially independent and contribute to Australia’s economy and community. Thrive not only extends financial assistance, but also offers business support and mentoring to refugee-owned businesses to ensure their success throughout their tenure with Thrive.
Thrive supports a wide range of businesses and business owners in various industries, such as transportation, cleaning services, entertainment, building services and more. See our list of local businesses near you:
When Salhe Siraj fled Eritrea to escape forced conscription, he was seeking freedom from conflict. Instead, he was abducted by a criminal gang, held hostage and tortured for ransom. Like many refugees starting over in Australia, Salhe's tenacity is helping him overcome new challenges.
Queen Victoria Market has today announced a new partnership with Thrive Refugee Enterprise to support refugees and asylum seekers open their own businesses at the market.
Lahore Tea House are taking up residency in the Adelaide Central Markets, bringing market-goers a taste of a cuisine that’s marvellously rich in flavour, tradition and diversity. The Central Market, who actively aim to home talented local businesses, have dedicated their “Producer in Residence” to a passionate Pakistani family. Owner of the Lahore Tea House Muhammad Aman ullah and his family who moved to Australia just three years ago, are pursuing their food dream with the support of Thrive Refugee Association.