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Amanda Ryan, 2012 Social Entrepreneur (Anthill 30under30)


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About ‘Social Entrepreneurs’ and 30under30:

30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw a surplus of highly qualified entrants, so we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30. More.

Among these ambitious talents, we’re delighted to honour five individuals who are using their business savvy to make the world a better place: our 2012 Social Entrepreneurs.

Amanda Ryan, NSW (b. 1987)

Name: Amanda Ryan
Age: 25 (born: August 1987)
Gender: Female
State: NSW
Known for: Bachhara

The first thing you associate with Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, probably isn’t fashion.

Then again, nor would you have founded Bachhara, as Amanda Ryan did, as a tool for empowering women and their indigent communities. Her original idea, in 2008, was to organise a sewing centre to raise funds for the school where she was volunteering.

Although Ryan had no business experience, she had plenty of willpower, optimism and pure spunk to bring her idea to fruition. Employing the labour of two dozen Bangladeshi women, Bachhara makes dresses that are available in 20 Australian stores.

Says the 25-year-old, “The drive to liberate and empower women has run through my veins since childhood.” She continues to run the business from the South Coast of NSW, targeting the home fashion market and inspiring women to shop their values.

“I am a social entrepreneur because this world needs more artists, more innovators and more female leaders,” Ryan says. “I intend on using every gift I was born with to co-create a better world.”

Anthill asks: Amanda Ryan, what gives you entrepreneurial cred?

The launching of Bachhara as a fashion brand within Australia. Reaching out to women through Bachhara as a brand has inspired a deeper substance to the fashion world and the worth of women collectively.

Bachhara Sewing Centre


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