Supporting micro enterprises
"We invite the community to visit us and support the micro enterprises being run out of our community café.
All Things Equal is a fresh take on the typical cafe in Melbourne, providing purposeful employment for people with disability in a mainstream work environment, and now the registered charity is also providing support for the micro enterprises of some of their employees with disabilities.
Zac Chester, a 35-year-old part time employee of the café, has recently started selling bookmarks that incorporate his paintings and artwork.
Priced at $5 each, the café is selling his bookmarks to help support the budding artist start his own business.
“I love painting and art. My bookmarks have my art on them, and I love selling them,” Chester shared.
Another micro business enterprise being supported by All Things Equal is biscuit business Social Moments.
Founded by 29-year-old Mattie Michael, the business aims to take a group of people, all of whom have a passion for quality baking to enjoy a conversation while making sweet treats.
Michael explained, “To me baking is about making friends, having fun and making a biscuit that is a bite above the rest.”
Both micro enterprises have been avidly supported by patrons of the All Things Equal community.
All Things Equal general manager Bianca Stern told The AJN, “We love that our café can be a platform for our employees to share their particular passions and skills with others, while complementing their paid role with All Things Equal.
“We invite the community to visit us and support the micro enterprises being run out of our community café.”