ELP is currently supporting the Tramulla Strong Women’s Group of Kalumburu to establish an op-shop social enterprise. Profits from the sale of donated clothing will be used to seed fund cultural enterprise activities in the community to preserve and re-connect people with traditional knowledge and cultural practices. It will also create hands-on learning opportunities for community members to develop business skills and create pathways for employment, and address the issue of access to affordable clothing in the community
A permanent space for the op shop has been identified, and the women have a goal of launching the permanent retail space in mid to late 2017. In the interim, the women are actively building skills and knowledge through a regular weekly pop-up op shop.
The Tramulla Op Shop project is currently seeking funding to support the fit out of a permanent retail space for the op shop, as well as training and development of community members to support sustainable long-term management of the enterprise. This includes:
By empowering the Tramulla Strong women to build the skills, knowledge and confidence to set up and manage a community enterprise, the op shop will act as catalyst for economic and social change in Kalumburu. It will: