Meet the Mamas by Location

Beadmaking Center (Krobo)

Map of Ghana featuring Odumase-Krobo

Odumase Krobo is home to the second Global Mamas location. Leveraging the success of our Mamas in Cape Coast, we replicated the model in Krobo with the skilled producers of recycled glass beads. Opened in 2006, we now work with more than 30 different beadmakers. Our beadmakers are typically family run businesses in the villages scattered throughout the Odumase Krobo area. We also directly employ nearly 20 young women from the community who assemble our beaded products at the Global Mamas office.

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Emelia Batsa

“Prosperity, to me, is to be able to save enough money to go back to school and become a nurse.”

Meet Emelia: Prior to joining Global Mamas as a quality control employee, Emelia worked at a call center. She feels the most valuable skill she has learned at Global Mamas is how to design beads and grind glass, which is part of the beadmaking process. She’s pleased that she has been able to support her mother and sister while saving money for herself. When she is not working, she enjoys watching foreign films, listening to gospel music, and cooking her favorite dish—rice and stew. In addition to her personal dream of becoming a nurse, Emelia wishes to see her community become clean and well-developed.

To all the people who buy Global Mamas products, Emelia says, “Thank you for buying Global Mamas products, and you should keep buying!”

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Victoria Angmore Narkie

“Because I work with Global Mamas, I can save money. That's what prosperity means to me.”

Meet Victoria: Victoria has been selling her brother's beads with her sister Barbara Tetteh for more than 17 years, as it is her family's tradition that women sell beads made by the men. Victoria's market table displays her vast collection of multicolored beads. Victoria says that the large, reliable orders from Global Mamas have increased her income by 30 percent. Because of this additional income, she and her husband can send their children Lawrence, Sandra, Amanda, and Beauty to school.

When asked what she’d share with those who purchase products made from the beads she sells, Victoria says, “Beads don't spoil. They last forever, so you should buy beaded items from Global Mamas!”

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Felicia “Mami Adjo” Adjo Otu

“To be prosperous is to be happy.”

Meet Mami Adjo: Mami Adjo has been selling beads crafted by her siblings for more than 35 years. Holding up strands of colored seed beads, she explains the great skill required to produce such tiny beads. Mami Adjo’s business at the bead market—along with the money her husband makes as a farmer—supports four children, all of whom go to school or have completed their education. Without having gone to school herself, Mami Adjo wants to give her children the opportunities in life that she wasn’t able to have. She feels these opportunities are only possible with the support of Global Mamas.

When asked how working with Global Mamas is different her other customers at the bead market, Mami Adjo says, “It is hard to come by such honest customers.”

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Alex Odonokor "Happy" Sackey

“Prosperity, to me, is being able to save money to build my house.”

Meet Happy: Happy began learning the family craft of beadmaking when she was eight years old and her family could no longer afford schooling. With more than two decades of experience, Happy is able to create beautiful and intricate beads, her favorite being the blue and green suns she makes for Global Mamas. Since Global Mamas recruited Happy at the local bead market, she has seen her business and life improve. She has been able to start building her own house and pay for schooling for her three children. On the weekends, Happy works on her beads and is part of the Community Bar, a group that cleans the community before church on Sunday mornings.

When asked what she would like to say to the women wearing her beads, Happy says, “I want to thank them for buying beads, and ask them to keep buying more if they like them.”

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Elizabeth Kumah

“Prosperity, to me, is when my business is growing.”

Meet Elizabeth: After being recruited by Global Mamas in the bead market, bead seller Elizabeth has seen her business expand. She is thankful for the reliable and regular orders that Global Mamas provides her. With her business expanding, Elizabeth now runs three large display tables in the local market and has seen her income increase significantly. She is proud that she is able to pay for the education of her four children and hopes that they do well and have a bright future. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to design beads and cook plantain stew.

When asked what she would like to tell the women wearing her beads, Elizabeth says, “May God be with them, and may they have a long life and prosperity!”

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“Prosperity is wanting Global Mamas to stay: they help us a lot.”

Meet Barbara: Barbara has been selling her family’s beads with her sister Victoria Angmore Narkie for more than 15 years. Barbara’s market table is adorned with an amazing array of vibrant painted beads. Barbara appreciates how punctual Global Mamas is when paying for and picking up bead orders. Business from Global Mamas has increased her income by 40 percent, which helps her and her husband afford schooling for their two children. Barbara hopes that one day she can start her own bead shop and as well as a business separate from beads.

When asked about what she wants her customers abroad to know about her, Barbara says, “Selling beads is my family way: a tradition that has been passed down from my grandma to my mom and auntie to me.”

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Juliana Matey

“Prosperity, to me, is expanding my business.”

Meet Juliana: Juliana is thankful for the opportunity to work with Global Mamas. She says, “Thank you for buying our beads. It helps not only me, but also my family.” A widowed mother of five, Juliana balanced motherhood and nursing for 17 years until she decided to follow her true passion of beadmaking and partnered with Global Mamas. Juliana’s management and customer service skills have brought her success and make her a good role model to the other Mamas. With the regular business that Global Mamas brings, Juliana now owns her own shop and financially supports a handful of people, with plans to help many others.

When asked about her dreams for the future, Juliana says, “I love children, so I want to build a school for orphans. Education is very important for their future.”

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Grace Joe

“Prosperity is having some money in hand to use for health and for my family."

Meet Grace: When the Global Mamas volunteer who helped found the Krobo site approached Grace about creating and selling beads to Global Mamas, she and her beadmaker brother, Moses, both agreed. Prior to making beads, Grace was a street seller, balancing heavy bowls of bread, peanuts, and sugar atop her head to earn money for beadmaking tools. Since working for Global Mamas, Grace and Moses have learned how to improve the quality of their beads. They are happy to work with Global Mamas because of the reliable pay and transparency behind pricing. Grace has two children, including Global Mamas Krobo site general manager, Gladys. Congratulations to Grace and Moses – the 2016 Global Mama and Papa of the year.

When asked how working with Global Mamas has changed their lives, they simply say, “Global Mamas really makes our livelihood better.”

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Edna Kwame

“Prosperity means that I've been able to expand my business over the years and hire apprentices.”

Meet Edna: A longtime Global Mama, beadmaker Edna thinks a lot about the big picture. She’s pleased that she’s able to access such a big customer market for her beads through the Global Mamas website and that she is paid on time for her work. She’s also truly dedicated to the heritage of beadmaking, having learned from her mother when she was only five years old. These years of family tradition give Edna the ability to create beautifully painted beads, skills which she’s passing on to family members and apprentices.

When asked about her dreams for her three children, Edna says, “I hope that Kennedy, Ellen, and Benedicta will be well-educated and at the same time learn how to make beads.”

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Justina Amadey

“Prosperity means being able to save money and continue paying for my daughters’ schooling.”

Meet Justina: A single mother of two and former shoe vendor, Justina decided to work for Global Mamas so she could provide her children with better opportunities. Justina says she is happy to work with Global Mamas because she is always paid on time and feels that Global Mamas treats its workers well. Justina wants to thank Global Mamas and its customers for supporting her and her dream of being able to fund her daughters’ college educations.

When asked to share her own dream, Justina says, “My dream for the future is to continue my education.”

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Emmanuel Ayertey Narh

“Prosperity is seeing the shelves of my provisions store full, where before they were empty.”

Meet Emmanuel, a Global Papa since 2014: In addition to his beadmaking business, Emmanuel runs a provisions store. The biggest change in his life since becoming a beadmaker for Global Mamas is that he can invest more money in his store. With five children to support, Emmanuel appreciates that Global Mamas is a steady customer who pays on time. He’s hopeful for his children’s futures, saying that he wants to see them get an education, but understands that not everyone does well in school and that he’d be just as pleased for them to pursue a trade. When describing life with his wife and children, Emmanuel notes that his children help out at his business on Saturday and then attend church together on Sundays.

When asked about his dreams for the future, Emmanuel describes one that he’s partway to achieving: “Since joining Global Mamas, I’ve begun building a house on some property that we own.”

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Mary Kweku Enyonan

“Prosperity enables me to have pocket money and to pay for my daughter, Annita.”

Meet Mary: Before becoming a bead assembler at Global Mamas, Mary sold and traded beads at the Krobo bead market. One day, she overheard some women discussing their jobs at the Global Mamas Krobo site and decided to apply to work as a bead assembler. Mary is enthusiastic about any work that comes her way and is always up for a challenge. She wants her daughter, Annita, to be the same way. Mary’s dream is to send Annita to secondary school, where she can continue her studies and pursue her passions, such as reading.

To those who buy her products, Mary says enthusiastically, “Keep on buying so we can keep producing!”

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Vivan Akotia

“Prosperity means supporting my 18-year-old sister’s education.”

Meet Vivan: One of two quality control staff members in Krobo, lighthearted Vivan joined Global Mamas after working in catering. She’s happy that she’s learned new skills here, like assembling beads, and she says that she loves all the products she checks for quality. She says Global Mamas is a “nice and good” place to work and hopes to continue her career here. When she’s not at work, Vivan spends her time with her family or at church and does laundry every Saturday.

When asked what she’d share with those who purchase the products she checks for quality, Vivan says, “Buy our products because they are made of very beautiful and rare beads.”

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Christiana Tetteh

“Prosperity allows me to keep working so I can pay for my children’s schooling.”

Meet Christiana: Before she joined Global Mamas as a bead assembler, Christiana sold drinking water on the street, but she wasn’t earning enough to cover the school fees for her two children. Christiana has big dreams for them: “I hope one day they will become a pastor and a nurse,” she says. Of all the beaded products she creates, Christiana’s favorite to make are the bracelets. On the weekend Christiana does laundry, rests, and cooks. Her favorite Ghanaian dish is fufu and she enjoys making it for her children and her three siblings.

To all those who purchase her products, Christiana says with an infectious smile, “Keep on buying so we can keep making money!”

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Regina Tetteh

“Prosperity, to me, means that one day I will own my own store.”

Meet Regina: Regina is very happy that she decided to apply for a bead assembler job with Global Mamas. Since she began, Regina has entered some of her own creative beadwork in design competitions, learned about healthy exercise, and become friends with her coworkers. Though soft-spoken and shy, Regina has big dreams for the future. After learning more business skills and further developing her creativity at Global Mamas, Regina would like to use her sewing skills to open her own dress shop.

When asked to share a word or two with the people who purchase her products, Regina says, “Keep buying our products!”

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Comfort Amanor

“Prosperity is about my family—it means I can take care of them”

Meet Comfort: Comfort has been working with Global Mamas as a beadmaker since the Krobo site first began and is glad that she earns enough money for her beads to support her family. She has a son, Fausta, and a daughter, Mavis, and also cares for two nephews, Isaac and Juros, who are like sons to her. Comfort describes the beadmaking process and wants people to know how difficult it is: “We pound glass and heat it over a fire to create the beads, and we also search for grass and cassava stalks to make holes in the beads.” She says she’s proud that even as a woman, she has the physical strength to do this work.

To those who buy the products made from her beads, Comfort says, “May God help you to get more money so you can buy more jewelry and ornaments made from my beads!”

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Veronica Maulepee

“I will have prosperity when I can support my family.”

Meet Veronica: Formerly a seamstress, Veronica was experiencing health problems due to working conditions. Since becoming a bead assembler at Global Mamas, she’s been healthy. The oldest sister of four and mother of one, Veronica is happy to work at Global Mamas so that she can start saving money and support her family. On the weekends, Veronica takes care of chores like going to the market and doing laundry. She enjoys going to church on Sundays, where she is a member of the choir.

When asked what she’d like to share with those who buy her products Veronica says, “Global Mamas is good, come and buy our things.”

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Doris Bodua

“I believe prosperity means that things are going well in your life.”

Meet Doris: Formerly a nanny, Doris applied to work at Global Mamas after a friend, also a bead assembler, told her about the organization. She’s proud that she’s learned how to design beaded products and says that she and her coworkers make high quality products. Her favorites are the necklaces. On the weekends, she likes to relax and cook for her family—the Ghanaian dish banku stew is her favorite.

“My dreams for the future are studying to become a nurse and seeing peace come to my community.”

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Belinda  Siatey

“Prosperity means having money and being happy.”

Meet Belinda: Belinda was working in the mobile money industry when her employer went out of business, so she was happy to find a job at Global Mamas. She is proud that she has learned about designing beaded products, especially earrings, and even more so of her personal accomplishments: “Global Mamas has changed my life. It's helped me finish building my grandfather's house, where I now live with my husband and two sons. In the future, I would like to build our own house.” She dreams that her sons, Wisdom and Jonathan, will become a doctor and a soldier, respectively. Working for Global Mamas helps Belinda to afford private school, which provides higher quality education than public school.

“In the future, I want to build my own house, buy a car, and send my children to higher education.”

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Doris Debrah

“Prosperity is being able to get what you want. I will have reached prosperity when I can be self-employed.”

Meet Doris: After finishing senior high school, Doris decided to work for Global Mamas upon discovering the office was right behind her house! Doris works as a bead assembler and loves to make earrings, especially the Sister Earrings. Since coming to Global Mamas, she has been able to save her money, enabling her to purchase the things she wants and pay her electricity bills. Doris lives in her family home with her six siblings and parents. In her free time, she and her family do their laundry and sell rice. Doris hopes to go back to school to study education so she can teach beadmaking.

When asked what she’d like to share with those who buy her products, Doris says, “Our products are good quality, so please order more of them!”

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