Sara Gingold’s article entitled ‘Raising Expectations One Business at a Time’ asks the question, ‘do you know entrepreneurship rates in Australia are 50% higher among people with a disability?’
Valued Lives knows and experiences this entrepreneurial spirit among some of the people they support to live their best lives in their community. They have also taken up the challenge of helping to provide resources, mentors and relevant information to not only people with disabilities but to marginalised youth, refugees and immigrants. In doing so, the opportunities for inclusion are increased through the development of small businesses linked to the person’s passions.
With the use of two locally based Microenterprise Hub spaces in Midland and Fremantle where vulnerable community members can co-share office space to operate their Microenterprise projects in a supportive community, these small businesses are presented with the opportunity to engage with local businesses, artists and community organisations and to embed their projects into the heart of the community.
Microenterprise also plays a highly important role in employment creation and income generation. These small-scale enterprises are more efficient for the nation’s economy, as they create employment and can provide an income generation opportunity for low-income individuals. Many vulnerable people have not even been able to work in supported employment due to disabilities, medical conditions and language barriers, however, their Microenterprise projects are built to their capacities, their timeframes and their passions.
Three such Micro-enterprise projects were also profiled in Sara Gingold’s article (read Sara’s article here). All are sustainable, successful, small business projects, run by three young Australians with a disability who are supported to work and contribute to their local community.
If you are interested in setting up your own microenterprise project, want some help to think about what you could do, or need support in setting up a microenterprise project you have already started but are unsure what to do next, our Community Development Officer, Geraldine Maddrell, would love to hear from you!
You can contact Geraldine via email at email@example.com and she will get back to you to help you on your way to developing your own successful Micro-Enterprise Project.