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Posted on December 08 2020

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Founder, Yarrie Bangura fled her war-torn home in Sierra Leone when she was just eight. Months later, she would arrive in Australia as a refugee.

Yarrie's memories of her African heritage inspired her to start making the special ginger brew that she drank in her youth. The natural remedy, made by her Aunty and Grandmother, was given to the community to ward off colds and encourage digestive health.

“I remember as a child sitting by my grandmother side as she peeled the ginger roots that she had grown and harvested. There were huge tubes of peeled roots of ginger. The smell was so fresh and strong. As she boiled the ginger she would tell me stories of her youth, of the village and of the people long passed. Sometimes she would sing, not normal songs, she would sing to make the ginger stronger. She believed in her magic to make the ginger stronger.” - Yarrie Bangara 

To Yarrie, Aunty's Ginger Tonic isn't a business. It's a symbol of her past, her future and the power of community. Through her business, Yarrie strives to ‘give back’ to her fellow Australians, and to inspire others in the refugee community to follow their dreams. 

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