Global Mamas & Women in Progress

Women in Progress (WIP) transforms the lives of women in Africa by creating sustainable income opportunities which lead to financial independence. WIP, also doing business as Global Mamas, reduces the economic inequality of women by significantly increasing wages and generating new jobs through the production and export of Global Mamas fair trade products. This in turn improves the standard of living for women, their families, and the larger community. WIP believes that helping women gain financial independence is the most effective way to create prosperous communities.

Global Mamas & Women in Progress
PO Box 18323
Minneapolis, MN 55418
United States
612-781-0455
http://www.womeninprogress.org

Director

Renae Adam

Project Leaders

Kristin Johnson

Mission

Women in Progress (WIP) transforms the lives of women in Africa by creating sustainable income opportunities which lead to financial independence. WIP, also doing business as Global Mamas, reduces the economic inequality of women by significantly increasing wages and generating new jobs through the production and export of Global Mamas fair trade products. This in turn improves the standard of living for women, their families, and the larger community. WIP believes that helping women gain financial independence is the most effective way to create prosperous communities.

Programs

Women in Progress helps women in Africa to access global markets and manage their growing businesses. WIP enables the financial independence of these women by promoting their traditional skills in producing handmade products under the brand name Global Mamas. WIP provides direct access to markets in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. WIP works extensively with each woman on new product development and quality control. WIP also provides artisans with personalized, hands-on business assistance and computer training to strengthen their capacity to manage their growing enterprises. In 2003, WIP launched the Global Mamas network with six producers. Today the Global Mamas network is comprised of 627 women (and a few men) working together to penetrate export markets. The women are provided fair and deserved payments for their high-quality work. Sales of the Global Mamas' products provide dignity to African women who are now able to earn a living wage. WIP provides artisans in the Global Mamas network with financial and managerial support, including: * Coordination of the production of over 180 products in hundreds of designs for over 300 customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Ghana. * Up-front payments for the production of the high-quality goods by providing raw materials. Sourcing of raw materials in bulk through a Raw Materials Revolving Inventory Fund resulting in reduced costs and increased product quality. * Practical training in quality control, new product development, fair trade business management, computer literacy, strategic planning, bookkeeping and marketing.

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