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Naz Naz Handicrafts
Browse a selection of beautiful handmade jewellery and knitted handicrafts.
From knitting comes knowledge
“Now I have knowledge. When I talk, people listen.”
Nasrin is a Kurdish woman from northern Iraq. She came to Australia as a refugee more than 10 years ago.
Nasrin has a love for knitting which she developed at a young age. She remembers recycling discarded yarn to knit clothes for her dolls.
Nasrin had always considered her craft a hobby and never thought that she could make money from it. When chancing upon a flyer for the Stepping Stones program, she was drawn to its photo, which showed a woman similar to herself selling her handicrafts. The photo “made me realise that I could make money doing this”.
“Stepping Stones is very good program for people like me, to learn all about starting business … Our confidence grows from learning.”
Nasrin now runs her own business, Naz Naz Handicrafts. She sells handmade knitted jewellery and other knitted handicrafts at markets, through her community and by word of mouth.
Inspired by her business mentor Stephanie Woollard, founder of Seven Women, which helps disadvantaged women in Nepal, Nasrin would like someday to start a social enterprise assisting disabled women in Iraq.
“New knowledge has given me power in my community. I am like the Yellow Pages – they all call me for advice. If I have money from my hard work, I feel like I have diamonds.”