Brewing up a plan to help
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.
Expressing herself: Accountant-turned-social warrior Katie Liew.