Bright Solutions is about the women behind the products.

Bright Solutions works at empowering women trapped in the cycle of poverty. It seeks to equip them with vocational and behavioural skills and thus the capability to move towards self-reliance.

Women who join the Bright Solutions team come from backgrounds of limited schooling, often untrained in vocational skills, subjected to social stigmas, domestic violence and “shame” over family or health experiences.  They come with ingrained histories of poverty that permeate every aspect of their lives.  No wonder they need courage to persevere.

Bright Solutions invests in genuine relationships of encouragement and acceptance so that over time confidence and identity are restored.  Once a part of the work community, women learn how to respect and value one another as well as themselves, how to work in teams and celebrate their achievements.  It does this through incorporating interpersonal and life skills training with their vocational training in sewing and handcrafts.

For most women, it is their first opportunity to belong to a formal work structure or to work with others outside their families.  They are given job flexibility to meet their personal situations and the option for roles in management and design to assist them in wider career options.

What makes Bright Solutions different?

When you buy a product from Bright Solutions you are providing for a woman’s livelihood, encouraging her self-esteem and growing her capacity towards economic independence where debt no longer monopolizes her life.

You are contributing to her job skill set, allowing her to use her creativity to help herself, shedding rays of hope on a realistic, brighter future.

Empowering one woman impacts a family, supports a community.

Meet Our Women

Miss T, 25 years old

“I’ve been working extra every day so that I can save and pay off my loans. I want to return to night school this September and complete Year 10.”

Miss T, 25 years old
Mrs N. 40 years old

“I need to take out a loan to have enough to send both my children to school in the new school year. I’ve been saving to help my son return to Year 10. Last year he had to leave school because I couldn’t afford his schooling. Even though I’ve been trying to save and my income has increased, it is not enough, so I am very happy I have this opportunity to borrow at a low interest rate.”

Mrs N. 40 years old
Mrs D, early 40s, mother of teenage boys

“My son has just finished Year 12 but his score was not enough to get him into Uni. Now he’s been accepted into a mechanic apprenticeship [through introductions via Bright Solutions] which means he can earn income sooner. I really want him to do this to help our family. My work has really improved our lives but I cannot provide enough for my 2 teenage boys.”

Mrs D, early 40s, mother of teenage boys
Mrs D, mother of 2 children

‘I love the job that gives me flexible working time.’

Mrs D, mother of 2 children
Miss T, 23 years old

‘In the past I talked to people in [an] aggressive manner. I used to complain about others. Here, I practice even the smallest thing as to say “thank you” and “sorry” more often.’

Miss T, 23 years old
Mrs N, 67 years old

‘I didn’t know how to save or couldn’t do so in the past but have followed Bright Solutions training.’ (After being able to purchase health insurance for the year – the first time she could do so independently.)

Mrs N, 67 years old
Ly, mid-30s

‘I can have time to bring my son to school when working in Bright Solutions. I used to stay at home to care for my child, but it was hard for the family as my husband could not earn enough to pay for food and education for our child.’

Ly, mid-30s
Mrs T, 52 years old

‘I used to keep silent at home and in my previous job. Now I feel more comfortable to talk to co-workers. Nothing worries me as much as before’

Mrs T, 52 years old
Mrs Ng, 38 years old

‘I can now read more as I study…more. Before I graduated grade 2, but had not practiced reading for a long time. So I could read very few words. Things have changed since I [have been] working here.’

Mrs Ng, 38 years old
Kim (pseudonym)

“In the beginning I was afraid and worried; I didn’t know if I had enough skills and health to do the work the same as others. I was not sure but I tried it out …. At the moment I am training at work but I am happy; it helps me forget the sadness of my disease and gives me fresh hope.”

“I started working here to get some income to help my family. But after some time working I feel happy and like meeting everyone.  Everyday I learn something extra about my character or behaviour that I must change. We learn about our life, the way we talk, our actions.

In addition, I get extra training and skills in my work.  I also learn skills in design and Miss is helping me learn a lot about management skills.

There are many different changes in me about relationships with my colleagues.  But the most significant changes for me are in my work skills and my character.” 

Kim (pseudonym)