Since ELP’s first engagement with the community of Minyerri, bush medicines have remained a strong and inspired enterprise theme. Art Centre supervisor Agnes Wilfred, states:
“Our bush medicines make us proud. When you use it, it makes your body feel ‘yalala’ – that means you feel refreshed and good all over. We want to share our bush medicines with other people, and find out what they think, too”.
To date, the entrepreneurs have been testing the market with a range of bush medicine soaps that continue to sell out, generating conversations in which Elders share their knowledge about the vast, versatile range of medicines that grow in Alawa country. The next step is to explore other products such as salves, creams and toothpastes and share these ancient bush remedies with wider Australia and the world!
To enable the people of Minyerri to explore the next steps in their bush remedy revival, ELP is supporting the community to seek funding for:
After initial exploration and local market-testing, entrepreneurs will have developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop their bush medicines into an expanded range available to the public. Specifically this project will achieve: