Meet us

Nasra AbiNasra

Living in Australia for 19 years, originally from Somalia
Computer whiz!

Nasra comes to us with a background in computer system design and the demands of a large family. She has a business idea born out of her own need and those of her children. She is developing an organic hair care product for her children which will provide an option for parents in contrast to the heavy chemical hair products currently used on African hair. The product will be nourishing and suitable for all children’s hair, hopefully taking the angst out of the hair care routine at home for all parents!

Deneelee RavagoDeneelee

Living in Australia for 6 years, originally from the Philippines.  Amazing baker!

Deneelee has surprised us all with her extraordinary self-taught baking skills! She is already making birthday cakes and sweet treats for her family and friends on a regular basis and hopes to open an online bakery. She has joined the program to formalise her business, access new markets and plan for growth. She juggles the demands of a young family and wants to earn money to save for her children’s education.

Juliana Lobo – Project Coordinator


From Brazil, migrated to Australia 14 years ago.

Loves witnessing migrant women unleashing their creative potential!

Juliana has been working with migrants and refugees in the not-for-profit sector in Australia for the past 12 years. In 2014, after spending five years managing micro-business programs for migrant and refugee background women, she decided to start a PhD research to look closer at the experiences of refugee background women starting small businesses in Australia.

Juliana joined NMLL in 2017 and brought with her all the learnings she acquired working and researching with entrepreneurial migrant women in Australia. She admires the incredible potential and resilience of migrant women and believes that, when given the right opportunity, women can transform their lives and the lives of those around them.

Clare Hawkins – Business teacher and Business Development


Born and raised in Australia
Too many ideas, not enough time!

After a major career change 10 years ago Clare stepped into the world of entrepreneurship and adult learning. When she’s not teaching micro business she is working on ideas and launching into business! These pursuits are juggled with the demands of a young family.

Clare became involved in the project to design and deliver the Everybody’s Business course, during this time NMLL were also able to fund a Business Development role which was a natural fit for Clare.

She strongly believes that the life skills which accompany micro business learning are transformative and empowering, especially for women. Her goal is to provide targeted learning opportunities and networks, and assists participants to break down the barriers they face and encourage them to ‘make it happen’!