Ever thought of starting YOUR OWN CHILDCARE BUSINESS in NSW? September 18, 2023
If you love children and would love to work with them in your career, the childcare industry in Australia is a significant source …
Fashion for good | Ginan Tabboush September 13, 2023
Ginan Tabboush is a well-established bi-poc fashion designer based in Western Sydney, whose inspiration for her streetwear brand GTAB, comes from the social …
Loneliness and the Refugee Experience August 29, 2023
In a world increasingly interconnected through digital platforms and social media, it may seem illogical that loneliness is a prevalent issue affecting people …
Sharing Knowledge Blog Series #3: Advice from a Successful Business Owner August 21, 2023
Refugees, readied with resilience and determination, are rewriting their stories through entrepreneurship, transforming past challenges into the foundations of their future success. However, …
Afghan Women’s Fight for Freedom | Ghan Fashion August 15, 2023
Lida Mangal is a former refugee who migrated to Australia from Afghanistan in 2005 in hopes of starting a new life. There she …
An Afghan artist reclaiming her power August 3, 2023
As the second anniversary of the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan approaches, the country continues to struggle with political upheaval and uncertainty. One person …
Alepp Soap: Sustainability and Social Change July 11, 2023
Kate Ryan the founder of Alepp Soap started this social enterprise and registered charity during the pandemic. The name itself is significant as …
Sharing Knowledge Blog Series #2: The First Steps to Take to Start Your Own Business in Australia June 30, 2023
Welcome to the second blog in our Sharing Knowledge series, in conjunction with Navitas Skilled Futures, to support refugees and migrants to develop …
Temporary Protection Visas: The harsh reality faced by refugees June 21, 2023
Refugee Week presents an opportunity to recognise the ongoing challenges being endured by refugees and people seeking Asylum in Australia, every day. It …
Refugee Week with Sangee’s Kitchen June 15, 2023
Welcome Merchant had the privilege of speaking to Chef Sangeetha Malar from Sangee’s Kitchen about her journey towards fulfilling her cooking aspirations. A …
Sharing Knowledge Blog Series #1: Essential Skills for Starting Your Business (And How to Get Them!) June 8, 2023
We’re excited to announce the launch of an exciting new blog series, in conjunction with Navitas Skilled Futures, to support refugees and migrants …
Four Ethical Fashion Brands You Need to Know About May 22, 2023
Sustainability has become a buzzword in the fashion industry in recent years and for good reason. With the rise of fast fashion and …
Mother’s Day gift guide May 2, 2023
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re stuck on what to get your mother figure, Welcome Merchant has compiled a few gift …
The Clean Beauty Movement: An Interview with Sassy Organics Founder Aida Rejzovic April 18, 2023
The clean beauty industry is growing rapidly as more and more consumers seek out natural alternatives to traditional products. One company specialising in …
SRI LANKAN NEW YEAR April 14, 2023
Welcome Merchant speaks to Niro Vithyesakar, a Sri Lankan-born refugee who 15 years ago made the move to Australia. He spends his time …
O1 Kebab: A Conversation about Family and Resilience April 4, 2023
01 Kebab, a halal-certified restaurant residing in Melbourne, is known to provide Turkish food that is freshly made which is sure to not …
A guide to the must-try dishes of Uyghur cuisine March 21, 2023
Discover the vibrant world of Uyghur cuisine with our guide to the must-try dishes. From hearty Laghman noodles to smoky and aromatic lamb kebabs, Uyghur food is a feast for the senses. This article explores the cultural influences that shape this unique cuisine
Celebrating International Women’s Day: Honouring the Resilience and Success of Female Refugee Entrepreneurs March 4, 2023
This International Women’s Day we celebrate the success of female business owners from Maryam Oria and Yarrie Bangura.
Turkey-Syria EarthQuake February 24, 2023
On Monday February 6th 2023, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey in the Kahramanmaras province on the north of Gaziantep which lies …
Ethical Actions To Take In 2023 January 17, 2023
We’ve compiled this (non-exhaustive) list of actions you can take this year to empower yourself with knowledge and do good in the world around you.
Support Our Refugee-Background Entrepreneurs This Christmas December 7, 2022
This festive season, Welcome Merchant are encouraging you to do things a little differently. We’ve compiled a list of gift ideas created by our refugee background entrepreneurs, to help you slow down and shop ethically this holiday season.
Join us at the Welcome Merchant Christmas Markets in Melbourne November 10, 2022
We’ve got our Melbourne-based friends covered this year with our first ever Christmas market
Aunty’s Ginger Tonic Turns 5 October 17, 2022
On Wednesday evening, Welcome Merchant attended the 5th birthday celebration of Aunty’s Ginger Tonic, held at Canva Space in Surry Hills. It was a joyous event that celebrated both the achievements of founder Yarrie Bangura and wider African culture.
Mahsa Amini: We stand in solidarity October 5, 2022
Here at Welcome Merchant we believe that all women deserve to live full and free lives in safety. We care deeply about the …
Welcome Merchant’s For-Purpose Partners September 29, 2022
Here at Welcome Merchant, we are ethically-minded in everything we do. You probably already know that our purpose is to elevate refugee and asylum-seeker background entrepreneurs, but did you know we partner with other purpose-led businesses for our ‘behind the scenes’ operations that keep Welcome Merchant up and running?
What’s happening in Pakistan right now, a brief crisis explainer September 19, 2022
Welcome Merchant gives a brief explainer of the Pakistan flood crisis, and what we plan to do to help.
The Role Refugee Entrepreneurs Can Play On the International Stage September 15, 2022
Guest Post by Aubrey Cooper The typical view of an entrepreneur is an innovative person who establishes a business, manages risks, and hopefully …
Spring Has Sprung at Welcome Merchant September 7, 2022
Spring is here! Celebrate the new season and support refugee and asylum-seeker entrepreneurs while you’re at it by checking out our merchants for all your spring needs.
West by Southeast: Finding common ground through a Syrian-Filipino food popup August 31, 2022
Guest Blog by Happy Feraren Two weeks ago, I found myself sitting in a dinner table full of strangers. To my right was …
Wear it Purple Day: Lifting Queer Refugee and Migrant Voices August 26, 2022
We speak to Erkmen Savaskan, architect, designer and queer activist, about the experience of leaving Turkey to live as a proudly gay man
Meet two of our ‘Falastin Fair’ panellists August 25, 2022
We had the privilege to speak with Sara Saleh and Arwa Abousamra about their connection to their culture, their work, and about supporting the Palestine cause.
Music In Exile: We speak with Boubacar Gaye of Ausecuma Beats August 4, 2022
Speaking with Boubacar, drum master, about his experience as an African musician in Australia.
Celebrate Ethiopian culture with Tinsae Elsdon and Welcome Merchant July 29, 2022
Welcome Merchant are hosting another feast for good this Saturday, a hearty and heart-warming 3-course Ethiopian lunch, with Ethiopian-Australian cook Tinsae Elsdon.
The Value of Storytelling and Connecting Through Words July 14, 2022
This month Welcome Merchant is teaming up with Mahawa Creative to run a free Inner Essence Creative Storytelling Workshop for migrant and refugee women.
The Sri Lanka Crisis Explained July 7, 2022
Sri Lanka currently is facing their worst financial crisis in decades, with experts calling the crisis unprecedented. So what’s actually going on, and what can be done to help?
Review: Welcome Merchant’s Biggest Event To Date, Refugee Week ‘Feast For Good’ July 4, 2022
On Sunday 25th June, Welcome Merchant held their biggest event to date, a sold-out lunch to celebrate Refugee Week.
Welcome Merchant Winter Warmers June 30, 2022
As we settle into winter and more nights spent inside, Welcome Merchant has rounded up ideas from our directory to help you stay …
Refugee Week 2022: Healing, Hope and Connection June 21, 2022
We interview Chef Mahshid this Refugee Week.
Timeless Elegance that Elevates Women June 16, 2022
Welcome Merchant recently featured Anjilla Seddeqi, an Australian designer of Afghan heritage, whose designs shine a light on the elegance and beauty of …
Be Brave, Make Change: Reconciliation Week 2022 May 26, 2022
Welcome Merchant supports National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week and Pay the Rent
As Election Day Approaches, Keep Refugees at The Forefront of your Mind May 17, 2022
Learn more about where the major parties stand on policies that affect refugees and asylum seekers.
Refugee and Migrant Powered Businesses at Our Melbourne Pop-up Market this Sunday April 28, 2022
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Entrepreneurs will be at the Welcome Merchant pop-up market in Thornbury on Sunday, May 1
Support Refugee Entrepreneurs and Find a Mothers Day Gift April 25, 2022
Welcome Merchant is holding a special pop-up market in Melbourne
This Earth Day, spare a thought for the refugees of the climate crisis April 22, 2022
Learn more about the ever-growing issue of climate refugees this Earth Day.
Refugee and Migrant Powered Pop-up Market in Melbourne April 7, 2022
Meet the merchants at our pop-up market in Thornbury on Sunday, May 1
The Future Looks Bright for Welcome Merchant March 31, 2022
We discuss what’s next for Welcome Merchant.
Meet FDPN, the organisation that provides support for LGBTIQ+ refugees and displaced peoples March 24, 2022
Earlier this month, many of us celebrated Mardi Gras and our LGBTIQ+ community in general. However, it is important that work supporting LGBTIQ+ …
Welcome Merchant Turns Two on Harmony Day March 21, 2022
Marjorie Tenchavez talks about two years of Welcome Merchant
Breaking the Bias One Design at a Time March 8, 2022
Meet palestinian designer gina barjeel ‘They told me, in a very professional way, that Australians wouldn’t understand my accent.’ The theme for International Women’s …