Warning: This episode of First Act deals with trauma and may be potentially distressing for some listeners.
Yarrie Bangura is a survivor. At the age of eight years old, her family fled the civil war in Sierra Leone and migrated to Australia as refugees. While the painful memories live on, Yarrie has found a way to celebrate the positive parts of growing up in her West African village.
Inspired by a natural recipe made by her aunty and grandmother, Yarrie created Aunty’s Ginger Tonic. Now a successful entrepreneur living in Sydney, Yarrie has captured the vibrant spirit of Africa and is passionate about giving back to her adopted homeland of Australia.
In this episode, Yarrie talks about:
- 4.00: Life in Sierra Leone and the conflict that caused Yarrie’s family to flee
- 9.30: Starting new life in Australia as a teen – coping with trauma + learning a new language
- 16.30: Yarrie’s mother’s inspiring entrepreneurial survival skills
- 19.25: The family inspiration and product development behind Aunty’s Ginger Tonic
- 27.30: Expanding from markets to supermarket shelves
- 31.45: Building a business support network to help you reach success
- 36.45: Next steps: Expanding the Aunty’s Ginger Tonic flavour range
Aunty’s Ginger Tonic has big plans to launch THREE new flavours – Lemon, Clove and Pineapple. With more flavours to offer, Yarrie will have the opportunity to sell in bigger retailers to generate profits that go towards supporting female refugees in Australia.
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