Yarralin is 382km south west of Katherine in the Northern Territory, situated within the Victoria River Downs cattle station on the traditional lands of the Ngarinyman people. Over 300 people call Yarralin home, including those from the Ngarinyman, Mudbarra, Bilinara and Gurinji tribes.
ELP has been partnering with the community of Yarralin since 2011, supporting family and community aspirations through enterprise. Two enterprises, Yarralin Creative and Ngarinyman Bush Soap, have emerged from our work together.
This year Yarralin Creative produced ‘Our Place’, the 2017 Yarralin Community Calendar, with over 80 community members involved in some way. The profits from the 2017 Yarralin Calendar will be reinvested into Yarralin Creative to seed the development of future enterprising projects that enable people to build skills, knowledge, confidence and networks to develop their ideas.
Ngarinyman Bush Soap continues to produce a high quality line of body soaps made from hand-picked traditional bush medicine plants. A family based enterprise that involves eight people, it is steadily growing it’s capacity to produce more soaps and looks forward to supplying to ELP’s national retail partner network in 2017.
“We live in a little remote community called Yarralin. We started this soap business to share our knowledge and culture with you. We use traditional native plants that grow on our country to make soap that is nourishing for your skin. We hope that you enjoy using this soap as much as we enjoy making it” Caitlin Pitcher, Ngarinyman Bush Soap