The future is bleak for a seamstress or batiker in Ghana today. Cheap imports, second-hand clothing and counterfeit fabrics have all devastated the once booming textile industry. Thirty-five years ago, textile production boasted of employing 25,000 employees. Today, just 4,000 people are employed. This has had a tremendously negative effect on Ghanaian women, as so many are trained in textile trades. They are charged with providing for their families, but have been left with no hope for work.
Global Mamas provides sustainable, fairly compensated work for women by connecting them with a larger global marketplace. This project will liberate 23 women from the cycle of poverty and provide them with valuable training. It will also lay the ground work for creating hundreds of new jobs. Women working in the Global Mamas network provide better quality nutrition, health care and education for their families. They pay off debts, start saving for their futures and enhance their skills.
The new jobs will bring hope to a struggling village by employing 23 new women, empowering them with a living wage and the resources to achieve financial independence. Proceeds generated from sales of beautiful, hand-made items will help the workshop continue to grow and create more desperately-needed employment opportunities for women. As our women hone their skills, we become a stronger organization and are able to help more women by bringing the Global Mamas approach to new communities.