With a love of horses Bella has become her own boss, establishing three Ipswich equine businesses.
Since moving to Queensland two years ago, Bella, who has an intellectual and physical disability, has been making and selling horse treats, cleaning horse rugs and establishing a horse agistment business.
“I always wanted to start my own business and help out other people,” Bella said.
The 21-year-old is currently working with her mum, Emma, to promote her businesses further, including establishing a website and developing better packaging ideas for the horse treats.
When Bella, who is also a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant, isn’t with her horses and working on her businesses, she accesses support workers to help develop her life skills and to get out into the community.
“Bella’s goals are generally being social, being able to work in public and going out into the public because she gets quite anxious out in public,” Emma said.
“They are also working (with her) through her horses because they are such a therapy for her; without them it would be a very different story. It’s not just the fact she wants a business but it’s what keeps her sane.”
“They help me ride, they help me focus on my riding. It keeps me going really,” Bella said.
Bella received assistance to implement her NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Ipswich region.
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