Brew­ing up a plan to help

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

AF­TER a trip to Africa in 2015, Katie Liew quit her job as an ac­coun­tant and started The Un­der­ground Col­lab­o­ra­tive – a so­cial en­ter­prise to help peo­ple deal­ing with home­less­ness.

The East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent’s vi­sion is to launch a cof­fee cart at John MacMil­lan Park to em­ploy peo­ple at risk of home­less­ness or do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

But with fund­ing pos­ing an is­sue, Ms Liew hopes the fully funded schol­ar­ship she re­ceived from Town of Vic­to­ria Park for Curtin Univer­sity’s Ig­ni­tion busi­ness pro­gram can get her dream off the ground.

She said she hoped Ig­ni­tion would help broaden her net­work and pro­vide ac­cess to men­tor­ship and guid­ance to launch her busi­ness suc­cess­fully.

“In the short term, I want to pro­vide em­ploy­ment for peo­ple im­pacted by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, refugees and at-risk peo­ple and find sus­tain­able hous­ing so­lu­tions,” Ms Liew said.

“Curtin Ig­ni­tion will be a chal­leng­ing but ex­cit­ing path of un­lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The sup­port, knowl­edge, net­works and skills I will be able to build upon will be in­valu­able.”

Visit the­un­der­ground.org.au or email katie@the­un­der­ground. org.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481163

Ex­press­ing her­self: Ac­coun­tant-turned-so­cial war­rior Katie Liew.

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