“Souq Rabeha” – A Marketplace Where Community Thrives and Entrepreneurs Flourish

Dawoodi Bohras of Sydney visit Souk Rabeha, an annual marketplace organised by women from the community.

In Sydney, the Dawoodi Bohra community has established “Souq Rabeha,” a vibrant annual marketplace run by women, celebrating entrepreneurship and community spirit. This event emerged from the need to enhance visibility and audience reach for local entrepreneurs, particularly small businesses. Organizer Tasneem Changi remarked, “We envisioned a space bustling with energy, where local talent could shine and community members could indulge in a diverse array of products.”

The meticulous organization and collaborative spirit behind Souq Rabeha have enriched the community experience, with each year seeking to surpass the last in value and delight for vendors and visitors alike.  This year, over 25 businesses participated, offering a wide range of products such as cakes, patisserie, desserts, snacks and BBQ, as well as Bohra clothing, beauty products, baby products, and environmentally friendly disposables.

The impact on participants is significant. Tasneem Champion, a stall owner, shared, “The seamless flow from registration to the day of the event allowed me to truly engage with our visitors.”  Rashida Ratlamwala, another entrepreneur, added, “The exposure at Souq Rabeha has been invaluable… I am grateful for the opportunity and excited for what the future holds.”

Souq Rabeha embodies the Dawoodi Bohra ethos of communal support, providing a platform for women entrepreneurs to showcase their passion and for the community to discover and enjoy these efforts. It’s become a staple event, eagerly anticipated by vendors and customers for its embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit and communal upliftment.

As the event continues to grow, organizer Tasneem Baquari says, “We are immensely proud of what Souq Rabeha has become and excited about where it is heading. It’s a place where business and community intertwine.”

Attending the event, Cumberland City Councillor Sabrin Farooqui said, “the Souq Rabeha was a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the Dawoodi Bohra community’s women, underscoring the importance of economic self-sufficiency for women. Thanks to Tasneem Baquari and the entire team of Al-Aqeeq for organising this gathering, which reinforced the advocacy for women’s financial independence—a cause I hold in high regard.”

The Dawoodi Bohra community in Sydney invites everyone to experience the vibrancy and warmth of Souq Rabeha — to support local businesses, to enjoy the wide range of products, and to be part of a community event that celebrates growth, gratitude, and the collective progress of women entrepreneurs.

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