More than 30 business owners with a disability are preparing to take part in the Microenterprise Market at Belmont Forum tomorrow to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability.
More than 30 business owners with a disability are preparing to take part in the Microenterprise Market at Belmont Forum Shopping Centre tomorrow to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability.
Stallholders selling homemade candles, clothing and art will set up booths at the centre on Friday.
The market is being run in partnership with the City of Belmont and disability services organisation Valued Lives which runs a microenterprise program assisting people with disability start businesses.
Indigenous sisters Lizzie and Lisa Harris run clothing protector business LandE Designs and will be selling their wares at the market tomorrow.
Lizzie said the pair started the business when Lisa, who lives with cerebral palsy, struggled to find fashionable, age-appropriate clothing protectors to wear.
“We figured if Lisa was having that problem, there would be so many other people having that problem too,” Lizzie told Business News.
Lizzie said the Microenterprise Market was a great opportunity for exposure.
Instead of having to specifically attend a craft market, people could browse items on their way to the supermarket, she said.
“They normally wouldn’t see these businesses because they are usually at disability events or things like the Makers Markets where you have to seek it out,” Lizzie said.
Local artist Clint Carter will be attending the market to sell his acrylic and water colour paintings.
Mr Carter, who also lives with cerebral palsy and is non verbal, started selling his art in 2019 when he joined the Valued Lives microenterprise program in 2019.
His work has since been displayed in various exhibitions and public spaces around Perth including at the Imp Café, the Vibe Hotel and the City of Belmont Art Awards.
“He is starting to get a bit of a reputation as a local artist who does really beautiful and different and unique kind of work,” Mr Carter’s business assistant Lauren Strong told Business News.
“It really gives the stallholders the opportunity to interact with customers and our customers, it gives them [the chance to buy] items and experiences they wouldn’t find in a static shopping centre,” Mr McLean told Business News.
“It also gives the stallholders meaningful engagement with their customers and strengthens their skills and gives them the opportunity to connect and generate income.”
The markets will run from 10am to 4pm tomorrow.