The WISE Collective Project links refugee background women to opportunities for education, empowerment, enterprise and employment.

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The WISE Collective supports and empowers women from a refugee background to work collectively to strengthen their skills, abilities, resources and confidence.

We work towards self-sustainability of the project. From the sale of products, food stalls and catering, 12% is provided back to the WISE Collective to benefit additional WISE women.

Thanks to support from funders and people like you, these are the amazing things WISE has achieved to date:

•Local WISE Hubs in Mt Roskill, Henderson and Orakei, providing weekly opportunities for learning and connecting.

•Weekly food stalls at the New Lynn Ethnic Food Market

•A WISE Catering Team providing ethnic food dishes for events. Email: yehualaa@arms-mrc.org.nz to order

•Trainings and information workshops for women.

•WISE crochet and craft business – crocheting quality 100% woollen Heritage Blankets, brooches, hats and bags. (visit http://felt.co.nz/profile/wisecollective or www.facebook.com/wisecollective)

But to keep WISE going - to pay the hard working team that works endless hours to help the women, we need your help,Your donations can go along away to helping the women to be empowered, enterprising, independent, happy and healthy. Let’s show refugees that they are welcome in New Zealand.

This is how your donations can make a difference:

•$30 buys a chair for the women to sit on when cater at markets and festivals.

•$50 buys wool to enable the women to crochet Heritage blankets, brooches, hats and bags

•$75 pays for a

-60m power extension cord for the women to use when keeping their food warm at markets and festivals

-attendance at a Food Handling Certificate Course

-a candle-powered food warmer

-a chargeable light (to use at night markets)

•$100 buys a portable gas stove or market table or set of storage containers

•$137 funds one woman to sit her driving licence test

•$200 provides English Language tutoring for one woman for one term OR ensures catering orders are delivered each week by our driver, also from a refugee background

•$250 buys a heavy duty gazebo for a WISE market stall

•$270 pays for six driving lessons for one woman ( at a cost of $45 per lesson)

•$300 buys a heavy duty folding trolley for market women to transport equipment

•$400 buys a sewing machine for WISE women to advance their creative enterprises

•$600 buys a three-dish baine marie for a WISE market stall

•$1,700 pays for a WISE Project Worker for a month

•$2,200 pays for the WISE Coordinator for month

Organisation details

The WISE Collective exists to support and empower women from a refugee background to work collectively to strengthen their skills, abilities, resources and confidence.

The WISE Collective women run their own catering business where they produce ethnic cuisine for markets, festivals and functions and a crocheting and craft business where the women produce and sell handmade blankets, brooches, bags, hats and food covers.

We work towards self-sustainability of the project. From the sale of products, food stalls and catering, 12% is provided back to the WISE Collective to benefit additional WISE women.

We run three women's meeting groups (hubs) in Henderson, Orakei and Mt Roskill where refugee background women local to those areas meet, connect, attend courses, presentations, talks and work on their projects.

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This organisation page was created on 11 Aug 2014.

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