When sole parent Janine Leghissa turned her creative side into a business four years ago it was out of necessity.
A chronic illness meant she could no longer work in her previous role.
Fearing she would lose everything including her home she decided to do what she loved and founded a jewellery business called Desiderate.
Desiderate grew quickly and has just taken out the silver award in the fashion category at the AusMumpreneurs Awards. It came just two weeks after it was named one of Australia's Top 50 small businesses by Inside Small Business.
Ms Leghissa is proud of both achievements.
She said as such a small jewellery business, it was amazing for Desiderate to be recognised with a silver medal in the fashion category of the AusMumpreneur Awards.
"It is not voted for by the public. It is judged by business people in the industry," she said.
Desiderate was one of 10 finalists in a very competitive category where the gold was taken out by a clothing fashion business.
"It was the first time I had entered the AusMumprenuer Awards. And I was just recently nominated as one of Australia's top 50 small businesses. That is something I am immensely proud of," she said.
"When I started the business it was really a means to an end. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness and couldn't go to work. I would have lost everything.
"I had to find a way to survive as a sole parent so I started selling my own things on Facebook. When I found people were buying my jewellery I started buying gem stones with the money I got from selling my own pieces and I commissioned craftsmen to make my designs."
"It is not an easy ride going into business but I really needed to do something and I looked for a niche market in an area that really wasn't being catered to."
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