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Empower Marginalized Young Women in Ghana



The products we make are an act of transformation. Plastic turned fabric, glass turned beads, white cloth turned colorful batik. It's poverty turned dignity, abandonment turned hope, neglect turned empowerment. That's why we call it the fabric of change. We invite you to be a part of it.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

ABAN was founded in 2010 to create a solution to two issues plaguing Accra, Ghana: the 60 tons of plastic waste that end up on the streets of every day and the 30,000 children that sleep on these same streets.

How will this project solve this problem?

In our holistic school-based program, marginalized women turned apprentices develop their seamstress skills to transform hand-dyed fabric and up-cycled plastic sachets into handmade bags, wallets and aprons simultaneously taking classes. They receive the tools necessary to practice a trade, make a living and become self-reliant leaders of their communities. Each girl graduates from ABAN with over $200 USD and the skills to use it wisely to provide herself and her child with a brighter future.

Potential Long Term Impact

Our mission at ABAN isn't just to sponsor girls. Our mission is to empower these girls to change their lives and their environment in order to provide a better future for themselves and their children. These women are offered hope and a future. After graduating our two-year program, these women are able to give back to their community and help pull other women out of the cycle of poverty. Our goal is the restoration of girls living in harmony with their community.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $31,096
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $68,904
Total Funding Goal: $100,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Project Leader

Lindsay Sebastian

Chapel Hill, North Carolina United States

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Map of Empower Marginalized Young Women in Ghana
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