an initiative of World Relief Australia

1821 Chooks PhotoThe Hen House’s Incubator program is empowering women of disadvantaged backgrounds: those exiting prison, survivors of domestic violence, recovering from trauma, newly arrived to Australia, carers and women with disabilities. The ten week program journeys with these women, working to close the gender investment gap.  Through collective action as entrepreneurial co-operatives, they will develop small – medium business enterprises to stimulate social change and gain economic independence.

In partnership with World Relief Australia, this project will support at least 10 female-founded micro entrepreneurs in Australia to scale their businesses over the next three years. Women will receive professional training, mentoring and ongoing support to improve and grow their enterprises, resulting in increased income, employment opportunities, and ongoing social and economic impact for their families and communities. The enterprises will align with Sustainable Development Goals and the Social Purpose Index.

  • Scholarships for women entrepreneurs to participate in the Incubator Program
  • Workshop materials and facilitation costs directly related to the Incubator program 
  • Start-up capital for micro-enterprises to support them with fees like market stall costs, social media marketing and materials for services or products.


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