We have some amazing entrepreneurs within the Down syndrome community.

Chris’s K9 Krunchies

Chris’s K9 Krunchies are a great little treat for dogs It’s a very simple recipe and the dogs really love eating them.
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Downlights Candles

Emma Sykes who has Down syndrome struggled to find work after leaving school, so she decided to start her own company!
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Elese’s Goodie Basket

Elese’s Goodie Basket products are interesting combinations of material, shape, colour, texture and smell. The ingredients used are simple; most can be found at home, in the garden or at the beach.


  • Bath fizzers
  • Lavender bath soak
  • Exfoliating loofah soap
  • ‘Rosie’ piggy pumice soap
  • Therapeutic bath salts
  • Cocount milk soak

Contact Elese at elese.atkins@gmail.com for more information.

Funky Crafts

Funky Crafts are a group from IHC’s North Canterbury Vocational Centre. With the intention of forming a sustainable business, they have been busy creating some practical crafts. Using organic materials, the team has produced felt dryer balls, coffee grind sugar scrubs and soaps. They plan to expand sales to farmers markets across North Canterbury – keep an eye out for them!

Laura’s Soaps

Laura’s Soaps has joined The Collective on the Pohutukawa Coast. Laura has a job at All Fit Gym two days a week and she started making soap last year as a hobby on her days off. She enjoys experimenting with new soap recipes and fragrances. ‘Laura’s Soaps’ was created as a way to fill Laura’s working week; giving her a variety of jobs from making the soap, wrapping, ordering ingredients and managing money.
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Leisel Shepherd Nutrimetics

Leisel is a full-time Nutrimetics Consultant. Send Leisel a message via her Facebook page if you are interested in any of the products.
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Oliver’s Doggie Treats

Delicious, hand-made dog biscuits by Oliver, a dog-loving boy with Down Syndrome who lives life to the fullest!
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The Independence Collective

Made up of intellectually disabled Kiwis hoping to gain financial independence by launching their own craft beer label. Frustrated by the lack of job opportunities six Kāpiti friends started The Independence Collective so they can be their own bosses.
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