Volunteer in Africa


Financial Planning Volunteer Opportunities in Africa

 

Financial Planning

 

Global Mamas creates sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. As our women realize financial security through our programs, they need assistance to manage their growing income. There are many ways in which we could put your accounting skills to use:

  • Work one-on-one with our Mamas to help them understand and evaluate their historical financial data and create budgets and financial plans to achieve their goals.
  • Work with our Mamas who are direct employees to create personal budgets and savings goals so that they can realize their dreams.
  • Help Global Mamas with various financial analysis and planning projects that improve the financial management of the organization.

Past Financial Planning Projects

Kirsten Klein - Women's Empowerment volunteer in Africa

Kirsten Klein
Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Kirsten developed and implemented a training course that will help Global Mamas producers develop a better understanding of business and financial management. She also helped Global Mamas in the following ways:

  • Provided one-on-one business financial training, including how to calculate wages for fair trade, to individual business owners
  • Developed workshops on time, cost, expense, profit analysis and purchase order analysis for the Mamas
  • Analyzed Global Mamas financial statements to review trends, benchmarks, expenses and ways to grow the organization

The most satisfying part of Kirsten's volunteer time was training the women individually in their homes and shops. She enjoyed delivering the two financial workshops and following up with as many women as possible and working with the Mamas individually to figure out appropriate wages and developing bookkeeping systems that work for their level of understanding and business size.

"My favourite moments in Ghana involved traveling with my friends made in Ghana. I enjoyed the destination; however, it was the adventure of the travel that I loved the most – negotiating fares, trying to meet up with friends in unfamiliar places, drawing and using maps, hoping the rickety tro actually starts again, helpful locals, obscure Michael Jackson videos in the mini-bus, buying food out of the windows, riding with fish and chickens and hoping the middle-of-nowhere place you just got dropped off at was the middle-of-nowhere place you wanted!"



      

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