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Arise Foundation

By Tasnia Alam Hannan and Fariha Chowdhury

Arise Foundation

Raised of $10,000.00
This fundraiser started at 2:17 PM, 7th July AEST and will end at 12:00 AM, 30th December AEDT

We Make Financial Independence Accessible

Arise is a platform where disadvantaged women access their full potential to live without limitations.

We are a non-profit organisation focused on the empowerment of economic abuse survivors through financial freedom. We provide non-interest loans and other financial support services to assist women to become employment-ready or embark on their own start-up ventures. Our vision is to help create pathways towards a secure, sustainable future for economic and financial abuse survivors in Australia.

Arise is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of survivors through no-interest loans, job placements, facilitating and upskilling programmes, professional networking, and legal and psychological counselling. We work to build a community of resilient women on the path to sustainable financial independence.

We are a women-owned business, founded by Tasnia Alam Hannan and Fariha Chowdhury. Between them, Tasnia and Fariha share close to 25 years of cumulative experience in finance, and have worked in both the public and private sectors across various vibrant industries and multinational companies.

At the heart of Arise Foundation is Tasnia’s desire to create awareness of the invisible impacts of financial abuse and provide financial freedom to those considered ‘unbankable’ by the system, and Fariha’s vision to create a mechanism by which financial-abuse survivors have access to the tools necessary to get back on their feet and be a part of their communities.



Tasnia Alam Hannan and Fariha Chowdhury
Tasnia co-founded Arise to make visible the invisible impact of financial abuse and provide financial freedom for those who are ‘unbankable’. Tasnia has over nine years of public and private sector experience across various industries, including audit, legal, corporate finance and public policy development. She has a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. a Juris Doctor of Law from UTS and is an admitted lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW. Tasnia was an Associate Director at NSW Treasury and holds various leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, including a Board Non-Executive Director at Australian International Academy and the Vice President of the Muslim Legal Network. Fariha is the co-founder of Arise. She started Arise to make it easy for financial abuse survivors to stand on their own feet and help them be part of their community. Fariha has over 15 years finance experience in multinational companies. She currently consults companies with their analysis and strategy. Prior to it she was with American Express for 12 years in various finance teams and was the CFO at American Express Global Business Travel where she headed the APAC finance team. She is a Chartered Accountant with ANZ Chartered Accountant and a graduate for Macquarie University.

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