The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a community organisation that works to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia.
Project: Stepping Stones
Grant: $194,672 over 2 years
The Stepping Stones program helps women from CALD backgrounds to develop the skills and confidence to start their own micro-enterprise. It provides in-depth support over about a year, and includes workshops, confidence building, mentoring and business planning. It aims to reach 80 women per year.
Stepping Stones has been running on a small scale since 2011. The 2014 evaluation shows a 93% completion rate, 90+% of graduates improve their financial capability, and about half start a micro-enterprise.