Elevating Refugee Entrepreneurs in Australia

Welcome Merchant is our project! https://welcomemerchant.com/

Welcome Merchant is a social enterprise that elevates refugee-powered businesses and social enterprises in Australia. It was launched in March 2020 on Instagram by Marjorie Tenchavez, a proud woman of colour. Now, Welcome Merchant has an online directory, a Facebook Page and a LinkedIn page. The main purpose is to support the refugee entrepreneurs in successfully promoting their businesses on social media while giving them an opportunity to tell their inspiring stories, for free. These businesses are also listed on Welcome Merchant’s online directory, at no cost to the refugee entrepreneurs.

In order to generate more income for the refugee entrepreneurs and run skill-building workshops for them, Welcome Merchant has partnered with a number of refugee chefs and will soon be launching its Curated Dining Experiences. Welcome Merchant will be hosting Quarterly Social Impact Dining Clubs, delivering cooking classes and promoting chef-hosted functions.

Funded by Sydney (March 2021)