The desire to learn digital photography skills and then use them as a way to increase employment opportunities and to share Kalumburu’s unique country and culture with wider Australia is an aspiration shared by a number of young women within the community. In 2016, ELP was successful in securing funds to enable a two-part skill development workshop series with professional photographer, Freedom Garvey, in 2017. The workshops will provide the women with opportunities to learn how photos can be used to archive culture, exhibit their community or develop products for sale. The long-term vision is for the women to have the skills, knowledge and confidence required to launch successful photography-based microenterprises.
Following on from the initial skill development workshops, the young women’s goal is to bring a product to market that showcases the unique country and culture of Kalumburu. ELP is currently seeking funding for:
The young women of Kalumburu dream of using photography as a pathway to micro enterprise – taking photos for the local school or for agencies in the community, or to sell as tourist products representing their unique country and culture. By supporting this initial product development and distribution process, and enabling the women to raise funds from the sale of their unique photography products, profits can be re-invested in to critical business development activities that will propel them to the next stage of their enterprise journey.