Making a Difference
Here & There Makers - Caring for People and the Planet sells zero waste, upcycled, fair trade and handmade products created both locally and globally.
We are for people who actively want to live more sustainably and reduce their waste output.
Our financial purpose is to provide support to Days for Girls Ferntree Gully who provide sustainable sanitary hygiene kits, health education and micro enterprise to women in need around the world while educating and enabling our community to have a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The store is operated as a social enterprise, with 100% of profits going to fund the workshop space for Days for Girls.
Here and There Makers is the brainchild of Michelle Gates, who has been passionately volunteering for Days for Girls for the past 6 years. She co-ordinated the Ferntree Gully Chapter from its inception until December 2019 and has been recognised by groups such as Zonta and Inner Wheel for her community contribution. She regularly presents and runs workshops with Schools and other community groups.
In 2015, Michelle visited East Timor and saw first hand the positive impact that can be made as she provided training, sewing machines and kits to a shelter for abused girls. Her heart for others and for the planet is evident, and HTM is both a passion and a long-held dream to run a zero waste, environmentally aware business that also helps to make things better for real people.
Below: East Timor training.