Client Stories

Jason Mathews, Tuff Dog Treats
Cairns QLD | March 2017

FY17Q3 Cairns - Tuff Dog TreatsWhat is your business?
My business is Tuff Dog Treats. It’s 100% natural dog and cat treats. My products have nothing added and it’s just beef heart, chicken liver and pig ears. It’s just meat basically, beef jerky for dogs. I did a bit of research and started doing chicken liver for cats. My full range consists of beef heart, beef liver, lamb liver, pig ears, chicken liver and chicken heart. The pets absolutely love them. The treats you get normally are full of preservatives and flour.

Why did you want to go into business?
I’ve been doing it as a hobby for years. I was a machine operator on a mine site and had an accident shattering my pelvis and hip. I did go back to work but it wasn’t good. Rather than waiting for a payout, I decided to do this as a business.… Continue reading →

John Echo, McPhee Horses, Warmun Community
East Kimberley WA | March 2017

FY17Q3 East Kimberley - McPhee Horses2What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was back in the community. My old man taught me everything about working on the station because he used to be a stockman, so he taught me all the things like saddle-work, mustering, horse-shoeing, feeding, horse-breaking and fencing.

What is your previous work history and experience?
Stock work, mustering, that sort of stuff. … Continue reading →

Daniel and Sophie Ramos, Deosa Wholefoods
Grafton NSW | March 2017

FY17Q3 GraftonWhat is your business? How is your business going?
We have an Organic Food Box delivery business that delivers Certified Organic, seasonal wholefoods direct to people’s homes and offices. We pick up produce on Monday and Tuesday and deliver the boxes Wednesday and Thursday. We source produce from local farmers when possible and we also get produce shipped from interstate. Our business has been operating for just over a year now and it’s operating well, according to plan.

Why did you want to go into business?
We did it mainly for our family’s health. We knew that the town’s only organic shop was closing so we decided to start up this business as we’ve always seen a need for it. Daniel’s work on the road was slowing down and we thought, now is the time. It’s a burgeoning industry with an annual growth rate of 20% and finding organics in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW was hard, until DEOSA Wholefoods was formed. Due to family health issues, we made the decision to leave the city and eliminate chemicals from our diet and life. It’s led us to live a happier and healthier life and it’s empowering to know you’re doing what you can and to see the amazing results of such changes. The power of our body to heal becomes so evident, once we eliminate those causes of disease. … Continue reading

Patricia and Clifton Badal
Port Hedland WA | March 2017

FY17Q3 North East PilbaraWhat were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was actually unemployed and was thinking that there was nothing for us to do out there. Clifton was doing his training as an Aboriginal Health Worker with the Aboriginal medical service in South Hedland, and I [Patricia] was a homemaker.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
We were referred to Many Rivers by Barb at the Kariyarra Native Title Trust. That was last year. … Continue reading

Linda Kirkpatrick, The Yowah Café
Yowah QLD | March 2017

FY17Q3 Roma - Yowah CafeWhat is your business? How is your business going?
I started a café – fast food take away, eat in basic menu with drinks in June last year. It’s in a remote location. It closed in February this year due to family reasons when I moved down to Victoria.

Why did you want to go into business?
There was an old café before and it’s a tourist town with no take away food. There’s a general store at a caravan but no pub or anything. It’s 200kms to the nearest town. I thought let’s see if I could do something about it!

Who referred you to Many Rivers?
I think I saw Many Rivers when I went into a tourist information centre in Cunnamulla. Many Rivers came up again when I did some internet searching for a business loan. I spoke to Colin on the phone then he came out to see me. … Continue reading →