Fair Trade

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Breaking Ground and Building Up at the Fair Trade Zone

Pictured: Clockwise: Melanie Popowich, team reviewing initial ideas for Fair Trade Zone, a view of the first building, and the staff from the Akuse office visit the new building. We are exceptionally thrilled to share with our fantastic community that we FINALLY have a building on our land! Before we …

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Face Masks Protecting the Public & Preserving Livelihoods

By Chidera Okeke, Global Mamas Community Outreach Specialist. For the past 17 years, Global Mamas has progressed in its mission to create a life of prosperity for women across Ghana by creating and selling handmade fair trade products. The upsurge of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a derailment in the …

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Meet the Mamas: Featuring New Global Mamas Batiker Dorcas Quianoo

When Global Mamas brings new Mamas into the ‘family’, we take the commitment seriously. This means we hire with intention and only when we know we have the capacity to offer long-term, regular work for a new partner. During Fashion Revolution week we wanted to introduce Dorcas Quianoo, one of …

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Bringing Out the Best In Our Leaders with Busara Africa

Leadership Training with Busara Africa With the financial support of the Embassy of France in Ghana, this past month Global Mamas leaders engaged in leadership trainings in collaboration with Busara Africa. Busara Africa is a regional consultancy firm based in Ghana that provides responsive leadership development services. Over the years …

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Partners in Ethical Practice: Naasakle International

When Global Mamas works with outside partners we’re intentional about selecting organizations working in-line with our values. This means businesses operating with full transparency, following the principles of fair trade, and prioritizing the well-being of the people involved with their work. Aligning these values up front makes it easy to …

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Fair Trade Zone Progress: Land is in Sight!

This month for Giving Tuesday (November 27th) our attention remains focused in on the Fair Trade Zone (FTZ), a campus style facility we are creating in Ghana’s Eastern Region to provide sustainable income opportunities for 200 craftswomen. Our vision is to create a model environment for ethical production following the …

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Making of Summer 2017

Alice Grau, Creative Director Photo Credit: Nick Ruffalo, Designer Each of our collections originates from trend research– anticipating how everything from high-fashion to streetwear trends will influence the clothes our customers might wish to buy in future seasons. We love getting creative with the shape, color, and prints of our …

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From Bottles to Beads – Behind the Scenes with our Beadmakers in Krobo

Sophia Khan, Marketing Volunteer Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana is renowned for its glass beadmaking and is home to the historic Agomanya bead market. It’s also where you will find the Global Mamas Krobo Bead Cooperative. This talented group uses techniques passed down from generation to generation …

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A Pan-African Solution

Alice Grau, creative director As a fair trade organization, Global Mamas makes fair trade and ethical behaviors the core of everything we do. We have created long-term, respectful relationships with the Mamas and usually stay with the same raw materials suppliers long-term, too. While our products are handmade in Ghana, …

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Shea Helps Empower

Amelia Brandt, volunteer We’re excited to announce a new product to the loyal followers of Global Mamas: a special-edition shea butter skin care product, Global Beauty Butter! The product is created in partnership with Ghanaian shea skin care formulator Ele Agbe and natural beauty blog Beauty Lies Truth, a champion …

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“Lights Out” Production

Hailey Hinshaw, intern Power outages are part of daily life at Global Mamas and all across Ghana. While Ghanaians have experienced periods of “lights out” before, it’s gotten substantially worse within the last year. Due to a variety of factors including failing power plant equipment, a dysfunctional dam, and a …

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Building Prosperity: Planning the Fair Trade Zone

Paige Affinito, Intern With an average annual growth rate of 66%, Global Mamas faces the rare challenge that demand has outstripped production. Because our production falls short and orders go unfilled, expansion in sales has slowed organization’s overall pace of growth. To address this problem, Global Mamas initiated plans for …

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Fair Trade Center Launches in Krobo

In January of 2008, Global Mamas helped to launch The Madizu Fair Trade Center, located in Odumase-Krobo. Thomas Amuzu and Gladys Adjimer are the owners and managers of the company and they have been contracted to assemble Global Mamas beaded products.

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Fair Trade for Global Mamas

In the fall of 2005, Global Mamas, underwent a thorough examination of our practices by the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) and we are happy to announce that we have been recognized as a fair trade organization and can proudly display the fair trade symbol on all of our products!

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