Ines the Entrepreneur

Ines* is a single mum who lives in a remote village in Suai, Timor-Leste, where she runs her own business.

But Ines hasn’t always been so successful. She had to work hard to overcome gender-based violence and gain her independence.

Becoming self-sufficient

After her husband left in 2017, Ines needed to find a way to earn money to support her family. With help from our friends at PRADET (Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Development in East Timor), she participated in business training and opened a kiosk.

At first, Ines was earning about $8 a day. She used her modest income wisely, paying for her family’s everyday needs and reinvesting in her business.

Well-deserved success

Over the next year, Ines diversified her kiosk by selling fuel and cakes. She even began to sell second-hand clothes, a popular business model in Timor-Leste, by working with a vendor in Dili to source the merchandise.

Now Ines is earning up to $55 a day and saving money for her children. She also established a cooperative with other local women so they can pool their savings and offer each other micro-credit.

“Before, I had nothing,” Ines said. “But now I can respond to my family’s needs and I am happy. This support helped me to survive.”

Donate now to help more women like Ines escape violence and poverty.

*Name has been changed


Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty    8. Decent Work and Economic Growth  10. Reduced Inequalities

17. Partnerships for the Goals


This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).




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