On a mission to improve financial literacy for everyone

MoneyGirl is a financial literacy social enterprise bringing not-for-profits, public sector and corporates together to give everyone the confidence and skills they need to take control of their finances.

How it started

MoneyGirl was founded in early 2019 by the effervescent Mariam Mohammed and the enigmatic Mellisa Ma. As young women of colour, they saw the need for targeted and accessible financial education for others embarking on their careers, to equip them with the money skills they need before they end up in crisis or retire in poverty.

Allergic to jargon-heavy, snooze-inducing finance content, they created MoneyGirl to help others increase their financial literacy and independence in a safe and supportive environment, one course at a time.

How it’s going

With a growing and diverse community, hundreds of women educated and partnerships with some of Australia’s leading corporates and non-profits, MoneyGirl has fast become Australia’s leading financial literacy social enterprise giving people the confidence and skills they need to take control of their finances and their lives.

“My favourite was that it's two women of colour leading it. It's so inspiring, you're both so knowledgeable and it gives me so much confidence that I too can be financially free and independent!”

Sherry-Rose, Melbourne/Naarm

I went from a place feeling completely unknowledgeable about money, to a place where I can understand the terms usedin money discussions.  I no longer feeloverwhelmed by money, and want to take responsibility of my finances. My mumalways told me to find someone who knows how to do finances, but now I want tobe that person for myself.

Alisa Urokohara, exit survey

Being with a like minded group of women, from arange of backgrounds, discussing these important issues and hearing similarstories to my own, gave me a lot more confidence in my ability to better managemy money across all aspects. I had struggled to find information previously thatwas suitable for me and the MoneyGirl course provided a safe space and anexcellent understanding of all things money. I would 100% recommend!

Taidanyasha Chigogora, exit survey (PIF)
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Changing lives, one course at a time

MoneyGirl is on a mission to give women and non-binary folks the financial literacy and confidence they need to live a life of freedom and independence. Can you imagine how amazing the world will be when this work is done?

women educated
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sholarships provided

Meet the faces shaking up financial education

Mellisa Ma
Gadigal Country

Mellisa Ma is a badass climate advisor and social impact advocate, with a background in strategy consulting. Whether it's driving our country's environmental agenda or empowering women and vulnerable communities with financial education, Mellisa strives to bring together the public sector, private sector and social organisations to implement solutions for a more equitable and sustainable world.

Mariam Mohammed
Gadigal Country

Mariam is an entrepreneur, speaker, and facilitator. In 2016, Mariam was elected Women’s Officer of the Sydney University Postgraduate Association (SUPRA). In 2017, she became the President of SUPRA – leading the team that delivered a 600% increase in the organisation’s community engagement. By 2019, she had co-founded MoneyGirl to empower and inspire women to become financially independent. Now, Mariam teaches advocates and changemakers how to create and leverage a strong personal brand to amplify their impact. She is among the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list, 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians, a 2020 NSW Young Woman of the Year Finalist, Finalist 7News Young Business Achiever of the Year 2021, and Marie Claire Next 25 List 2021.

Our Team

Kate Slater
Strategy Consultant
Eora country (originally from Tainui territory in the Waikato)

Kate is a lawyer with experience in banking and finance, tax and corporate law. She works with major Australian and international financiers and local fintech growing their businesses. Kate joined MoneyGirl in 2021 after moving to Sydney from Wellington New Zealand where she volunteered with investment education and legal aid groups. She has previously served as a board member for community organisations and is currently on the New South Wales state leadership committee of Women in Banking and Finance. Kate holds degrees in law and international relations and is working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is passionate about equipping women to be financially independent and confident tackling financial goals.

Canjie Dacuba-Ramirez
Executive Assistant
Cabiao - Philippines

Canjie is an all-rounder “Rockstar Virtual Assistant”. She is a go-getter who started from scratch and built an entire new career that could proudly inspire women living with a disability. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with an illness called JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). Being tied in a wheelchair is never to be ashamed of and not a hindrance to achieve anyone’s goals and stop believing that she can do better. Canjie also loves to paint, sing and voice out the importance of women in this society. So, being one of the employees in MoneyGirl is a “dream come true” for her.

Alex Bunyan
Technology Consultant
Gadigal country

Alex is a recent Commerce graduate of the University of Sydney, and is fostering a career in data analytics and financial reporting. He currently works as a product owner for Commonwealth Bank. With a passion for website development, Alex assists the MoneyGirl team by handling the maintenance and design of the website, in addition to looking after the payment infrastructure, ticketing and blog. He is keenly interested in applying his skill set and knowledge to help drive positive social change.

Avril Liljekvist
Perth, Western Australia

Avril is a serial career changer who has finally settled down in the financial advice industry. A passionate advocate for improving financial outcomes for women, she has found sincere joy in empowering others on their journey to financial freedom. With degrees in both English and Financial Planning she writes newsletters and magazine articles on finance related subjects and also heads the MoneyGirl blog team. She is an enthusiastic facilitator, educator and problem solver, and weaves fabric in her spare time.

Get involved in changing financial futures, one course at a time

Do you want to join the MoneyGirl team or support your community to get more financially savvy? We’d love to hear from you!


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