Macarena Erbs migrated to Australia from Chile in 2016. For the past six years, she has been working with a social enterprise founded to support women migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, establishing its eco-friendly, sustainable product line. To this, Macarena herself contributed more than 35 items, resulting in the manufacture of 100,000 individual units for retail.
Following the onset of Covid-19, Macarena designed and strategised the production of reusable masks, a project which enabled 80 vulnerable women to generate income from home.
In 2021, Macarena’s life took a very dramatic turn – she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured an extremely challenging year of treatment during which she lost her hair. As a breast cancer survivor, Macarena has a deeply personal appreciation of the impact hair loss has on self-esteem, and from this, as well as a deep need for creative expression, her brand – Bonita Shop – was born.
Bonita Shop supplies quality head accessories for modern, stylish women, such as bandanas and turbans. Bonita Shop also sells items for babies and for fur babies! Best of all, everything is made by talented, creative local migrant women.
And, for every purchase from the head accessories line, $1 is donated to breast cancer research.
Migrant Women in Business is proud to welcome Macarena to its network, and to have Bonita Shop join its online marketplace, Made by Many Hands.
To see Macarena’s Bonita Shop range, and to learn more, please go to the following links:
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