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Bead Assemblers

Global Mamas is well known for our beautiful jewelry crafted from recycled glass beads made in Odumase-Krobo. Each beaded item is hand strung by women from the community, many of whom come from families with a long tradition of beadmaking.

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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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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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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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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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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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Eunice Mensah

“Prosperity is having a good job and being able to pay for my children’s school fees.”

Meet Eunice: When Eunice’s pastor passed by the Global Mamas Krobo location and met some employees, he told Eunice about the opportunity to work as a bead assembler. Prior to working at Global Mamas, Eunice was out of work. She is happy that she has now gained skills in assembling beads, especially in making necklaces. Eunice lives with her husband, a science teacher, and her two young daughters, Juliet and Princess. Since joining Global Mamas, she has been able to send her daughters to private school so they can enjoy higher quality education and hopes they will become a nurse and a teacher. In the future, Eunice would like teach Krobo, the language spoken in the Krobo area.

When asked about her proudest achievement since joining Global Mamas, Eunice says, “I am proud of myself because I am happy every day.”

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Grace Batsa

“Prosperity is being able to continue my bread making in the future.”

Meet Grace: When her aunt told her about Global Mamas, Grace decided to apply. Since coming to Global Mamas, Grace has gained new skills in assembling beads and is proud of the money she has made. She comments, “My life has changed. I have been able to buy more things and support more people.” She has been able to use this money to pay for her younger sister to go to school, one of her proudest accomplishments. In the future, Grace hopes to be able to build her own house and become a bread baker in her community.

When asked what she would like to say to the women buying her products, Grace says, “I want to thank them for buying our products and ask them to buy more!

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Grace Tettey-Ku

“Global Mamas gives me more prosperity than when I was a farmer, because now I can depend on getting paid.”

Meet Grace: A former farmer, Grace is now a bead assembler at the Krobo location. Several years ago, Grace was in an accident that left her unable to farm. She was very worried about her future until she was offered a job with Global Mamas. Now that she works with Global Mamas she says, "I have great changes. I used to not have any hope because of my accident. Now that I'm with Global Mamas, I can rely on my work and I have big hopes.” In the future, Grace would like to build a provisions store to earn money to further support her family.

When asked what she would like to say to the women wearing her products, Grace says, “I want to give thanks because of my accident I cannot do many jobs, but Global Mamas provides me with money to save each month.”

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Joyce Narh

“Prosperity, to me, is to be able to use my salary to pay for my children’s school fees and have money to feed my family.”

Meet Joyce: Prior to joining Global Mamas as a bead assembler, Joyce was a seamstress. She’s been with Global Mamas since the Krobo site first opened and her favorite products to make are earrings. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking okra stew and singing her favorite gospel song, “Peace of the Lord,” at church. Although Joyce did not complete any formal education, she dreams that someday her daughter will complete school and become a pilot so that she can travel all over the world. For her part, Joyce hopes to someday open her own provisions store.

To the people all over the world buying Global Mamas products, Joyce says, “I am happy that they are buying our products and they should keep buying them!”

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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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Lawrencia Kumah

“Prosperity, to me, means a reliable monthly salary.”

Meet Lawrencia: After finishing trade school, where she studied dressmaking, Lawrencia saw a sign recruiting bead assemblers for Global Mamas. She has been here ever since and says she’s most proud of having learned about jewelry design. Her favorite products to make are necklaces and ornaments. She’s so passionate about jewelry design that she makes earrings and necklaces for fun on the weekends. In the future, Lawrencia would like to return to dressmaking and open her own shop so that she can further explore her creativity.

When asked what she’d like to share with those who buy her products, Lawrencia says, “I’m happy that I’m here at Global Mamas and very proud of our work because it is good quality.”

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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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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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Theresa Tawiah

“Prosperity means being able to support my children.”

Meet Theresa: A mother of four, Theresa began working with Global Mamas so that she could better support her family. A former farmer, Theresa grew corn and cassava and found that farming wasn’t lucrative enough to support her family. She’s pleased that since coming to work for Global Mamas, she can better support her family. Theresa is proud to have seen one child become an eye doctor and another finish senior high school, and she has high hopes for her two younger children to finish their education and begin careers. Theresa is also proud to own her home and shares it with nine family members.

When asked what she’d like to share with those who buy her products, Theresa says, “I am happy that you buy our products because it’s our livelihood.”

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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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Vivian Sawer

“Prosperity, to me, is being able to pay for my daughter’s school fees and having some money on the side.”

Meet Vivian: Vivian, a bead assembler, loves working at Global Mamas because she can express her creativity through her work. Her favorite products to make are necklaces. Since she started working for Global Mamas, she has been able to save money and support her daughter Ophelia’s education. She hopes her daughter will choose to become a nurse when she grows up. When she is not working, Vivian likes singing gospel music at her church and spending time with family. She hopes to one day go back to school to study business.

When asked what she would like to tell the people who buy her products, Vivian said, “They should keep buying so we can keep producing!”

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