• Brindha Srinivas

A Helping Hand Goes A Long Way: #wonderwoman Saba Abraham

When Saba Abraham fled Eriteria in East Africa, she left behind a civil war and political instability. Troubled with uncertainty for her new life in Australia, Saba knew that in order for her and her family to have peace and freedom, the move was necessary.

However, when she arrived in Brisbane, she was pleasantly surprised. Contrary to her assumptions of Australia being an isolated and unfriendly country, Saba was welcomed into Australia with open arms. Provided accommodation, informed about her rights and given free education Saba began to integrate into Australian society.

Grateful for the opportunities and her own personal growth, Saba wanted to give back to those who were once in her shoes. Working closely with immigration settlement matters for the Africa Australian Association, Saba was tasked with finding immigrants work so that they could acquire commercial skills, learn the language and develop overall confidence.

"in order for her and her family to have peace and freedom, the move was necessary"

Saba recognised a commonality between the refugee women she encountered, they all had a passion and skill for cooking. From this point, with a loan of $1000 in 2003 Saba started running food stalls at festivals and markets in Brisbane.

With no surprise her venture raised incredible profits and led her to opening her own restaurant, two years after she first began running food stalls in Brisbane. Saba’s kindness has allowed more than 150 women to pass through her restaurant, all of whom have been welcomed by Saba’s bright smile.

The restaurant has become a safe and happy place for women refugees. A space which has allowed the women to learn English, interact with others who have come from similar backgrounds and heal from traumas they have experienced.

Pictured: Saba Abraham

Written by: Brindha Srinivas (WCH Volunteer)

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