About

Welcome Merchant is the liaison between refugee entrepreneurs and the wider community in Australia

Our mission is to elevate the voices of refugee and asylum seeker entrepreneurs in Australia. We promote the businesses for free via our online directory and social media channels. We have also joined forces with a number of these entrepreneurs to deliver Curated Dining Experiences and artist-led workshops. We want to change the negative conversation about refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia through highlighting their positive contributions to the community. We also hope to open Australia’s first hotel social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to refugees and people seeking asylum.

Marjorie Tenchavez
Founder

Marjorie Tenchavez is a proud woman of colour who moved to Australia as a child with her family. Marjorie has extensive experience in the refugee rights sector, having worked at organisations such as Amnesty International Australia and 3Bridges Community, and currently at Metro Assist. As well as her professional experience, Marjorie has also completed a Bachelor degree in Social Science and Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation where she co-wrote a report on Land Reparations while living in post-conflict Sri Lanka. A passionate traveller, Marjorie has also lived in Milan and Istanbul.

Sofiah Fauzi
All-around Volunteer

Sofiah is our multi-skilled all-rounder volunteer. Based in Melbourne/Naarm, she has been responsible for creating amazing video content for Welcome Merchant. She also donates her time to community outreach. Sofiah is an experienced ESL teacher and has also worked in marketing. Sofiah is currently open to new employment opportunities.

Khyathi Khirbath
Facebook Engagement Volunteer

Khyathi is a fierce feminist and advocates for equal rights for all. She is also a passionate digital marketer and enjoys all things creative. She is obsessed with her dog, board games and exploring the next best cafe/bar in town. She has been in Australia for over 8 years now but is still a true Indian at heart and can handle her spice and dance like there is no tomorrow. She considers herself to be fortunate to be part of the Welcome Merchant team and help empower refugees in all ways possible.

Cam Gunns
Website Development Volunteer

Cam has a wealth of experience in media and design, and volunteers his time maintaining the Welcome Merchant website and online directory. Outside of work, Cam loves to try new experiences, travel, and stay fit playing netball.

Welcome Merchant is supported by the following organisations

Frequently Asked Questions

How can we be featured on Welcome Merchant pages?

Simple! Reach us via our Contact page or email us: hello@welcomemerchant.com

Does my business have to have a social media account before it can be featured on Welcome Merchant?

No, we can still promote your business in our online directory and on our social media channels. We can also help set up your social media account for you!

How can I hire a refugee-owned business for my next event?

We can connect you to one! Please send us a message on our contact form or email us.