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Meet Mariam Mohammed, co-founder of MoneyGirl

04 Oct 2019

Mariam Mohammed is the co-founder of social enterprise MoneyGirl, an organisation that aims to provide financial literacy to women. She fronts our latest campaign, Rise, a new styling service designed to elevate professional women, partnering with them to curate a wardrobe that aligns with their true sense of self.


Being a changemaker is something that Mariam Mohammed considers to be her driving force. Whilst completing a masters in community development at Sydney University, Mariam worked with women experiencing domestic violence. In the course of completing research during her degree, she discovered that not being in control of one’s finances is often one of the biggest barriers to women leaving relationships.


After seeing the impact that financial literacy can have on a woman’s life, she was inspired to start MoneyGirl— a social enterprise to educate women at managing their finances, in turn giving them the freedom and confidence to make their own choices. “Money is a part of everyday life. I wanted to normalise talking about it. And talk about it in ways that are fun and engaging, and not daunting, and are accessible to all communities.”


This year, Mariam was named a finalist in the AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards, for her work with MoneyGirl. It’s no surprise that she is passionate about striving for gender equality. Having migrated to Australia from Pakistan six years ago, Mariam says “I come from a place where I've seen so much potential in young women go to waste because they were not afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts.”


Mariam is the first to admit she still has many goals and challenges ahead of her, however she does acknowledge how far she has come. “If anyone had told 19-year-old Mariam, this is where I would be, there's no way me or anyone else would've believed that. It's been a spectacular journey [to get here] and I'm incredibly proud of it,” she says.


For Mariam, one of the great things about doing the shoot was being able to wear fashion that was both corporate and fun and allowed her to be true to herself. “That’s my brand—I am young, I am fun and I work for women. I believe in women being able to be themselves when it comes to their careers. I think you come into a room differently when you’re confident in what you’re wearing.”


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