Sunday, 21 April 2024
    NT women strive for financial independence

    NT women strive for financial independence

    Suzie Andrews is among a group of women, from Katherine in the Northern Territory, who are reducing their reliance on welfare as the federal government moves to introduce a new income management scheme, ABC News reports.

    She's quick to share the benefits of bush medicine for sensitive skin, hand out a free sample and give a lesson on her botanicals.

    "It's that good feeling that you have inside," Ms Andrews said. 

    "Once you sell a product, you know that people are wanting more."

    Ms Andrews has helped create the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup's first gift shop. 

    Led by elders, the group runs cultural camps, bush tours and workshops to share their culture and achieve financial independence. 
    a woman showing a tub of soap

    It's a notable achievement in the Northern Territory, where about 24,000 people are bound by the Basics Card, a form of compulsory income management.

    That's about one in 11 Territorians. 

    Manyallaluk resident Rachael Kendino said the work meant she no longer had to rely on the card in her remote community, north-east of Katherine.

    "I wanted to do something more to improve my life, and help myself and my family," she said. 


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    Suzie Andrews has helped launch a gift shop in Katherine with the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup.(ABC News: Samantha Dick)