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Ginger & Smart, Sydney Community Foundation, Sydney Women's Fund, Refugee Women

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Goal $27,500

'Strong & Kind' Job Readiness sewing collaboration

Sydney Women’s Fund (SWF), a sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation, has a 10 year history of gender lens granting and creating opportunities for Sydney women and girls to thrive.

Four years ago, SWF initiated a “Women’s Refugee Sewing Circle” with the Parents’ Cafe Fairfield Inc., to help women arriving from conflict zones in Iraq and Syria carrying the scars of torture and trauma, to get back on their feet.

The program resonated so well with the women, last year we welcomed The Social Outfit to transform the project and offer TAFE recognised, beginner and advanced sewing courses.

This year, Sydney Women’s Fund with fashion label Ginger & Smart are offering real experience and job pathways for refugee and humanitarian migrant women. Ginger & Smart have generously designed the beautiful ‘Strong & Kind’ Tote bag for the women to make, earning real wages, and gaining valuable work experience in the Australian fashion industry.

With funding raised by Sydney Women’s Fund, The Social Outfit will guide the women step-by-step through the manufacturing process to make the Tote bags according to Australian quality standards. The women will also receive life-changing mentoring from Ginger & Smart founders, Genevieve and Alexandra Smart, and the inspiration to pursue their own career and entrepreneurial goals.

All proceeds from the sale of the ethically made Strong & Kind Tote will be reinvested to transform the lives of women and girls in need in Sydney. Each Tote purchase provides women opportunity, experience, and the confidence to strive for financial independence.

A Gift of just...

  • $60 creates 3 hours of employment for a disadvantaged women

  • $500 allows a woman to participate in masterclasses with industry professionals to take her own designs to market

  • $1,000 increases skills and employability for a women to enter the luxury fashion workforce

Project Funding Goal = $27,500


Like to support the cause and buy your own 
'Strong & Kind' Tote?

A limited number of these beautiful Ginger & Smart designed, ethically made Tote bags will be available for purchase from International Women's Day 2018.

Click the link below to secure your 'Strong & Kind' Tote bag on the secure Ginger & Smart store.

Thank you!

Together, we're creating opportunities for all women and girls of Sydney to thrive.