Global Mamas enhances the international marketplace with unique, high quality, handmade
apparel, and at the same time provides sustainable livelihoods for women and girls in Africa.
Global Mama’s reduces the economic inequality of women by significantly increasing the
revenues and profits of woman-owned businesses in Africa. This in turn increases employee
wages, generates new jobs and improves the standard of living. We believe that helping
women gain economic independence is the most effective way to reduce dependence on
foreign aid and steadily create a prosperous society.
Global Mamas envisions women in Africa to be economically independent
Why Buy Global Mamas Products?
Global Mamas is the name brand for goods produced through the efforts of Women in Progress,
an international not-for-profit organization assisting women of Africa in attaining economic
independence. All proceeds made by Global Mamas’ sales go directly to the women producing
the merchandise and to the business development programs carried out by Women in Progress.
Sales of Global Mamas’ products provide dignity to African women who are now able to earn
an honest living through the production of handmade batik products. By helping women to
help themselves, Global Mamas is taking small steps towards helping end Africa’s dependence
on foreign aid and creating a sustainable society.
By purchasing Global Mamas’ products, you are offering Sustainable livelihoods
to women in Africa
Global Mamas: A Fair Trade Manufacturer
Global Mamas is very proud of our recognition as a "fair trade" manufacturer and distributor
through the Fair Trade Federation (FTF)
The FTF is a non-profit organization in the United States that accepted Global Mamas to its
ranks only after conducting a thorough investigation that ensured the African women who
comprise the Global Mamas cooperative are the primary beneficiaries of the proceeds from
Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between marketers in North America and
producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other parts of the world. A fair trade
partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their
work. Fair Trade Federation (FTF) criteria are:
Providing deserved wages for high-quality work
Supporting Fair Trade Practices
- Paying a fair wage in the local context.
- Offering employees opportunities for advancement.
- Providing equal employment opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged.
- Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices.
- Being open to public accountability.
- Building long-term trade relationships.
- Providing healthy and safe working conditions within the local context.
- Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible.
Global Mamas is a cooperative of individually-owned businesses working together to penetrate
larger markets while maintaining their independence. Women are provided a "living wage" -
over 10 times Ghana’s minimum wage. Members are paid upfront for completed products and
receive financial assistance through a raw materials revolving loan fund. This leaves more
proceeds to fill the pockets of the women producers which promotes their social equality and
gives them the much needed economic security and stability.
Providing opportunities for women to build confidence and gain self respect
Every product purchased from Global Mamas is a unique piece. Because each item is
, design and color may vary. We hope that you
will also appreciate these minor variations that make each product especially unique. If you
are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, please visit our
Validating women’s economic independence through exporting high-quality handmade goods
Global Mamas helps the women find export markets AND assists them in managing their growing
businesses by providing hands-on personalized assistance in implementing practical business
strategies into day-to-day operations. In fact, one requirement of being a Global Mama is
the adoption of basic bookkeeping practices which enables a business to observe trends and
plan for growth.
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