Trashy Bags Recycling & Sewing Workshop (Dzorwulu)
Hajeretu Ahmed, a Global Mama since 2007

Growing up in Ayona-Swedru, Ghana, life was difficult for Hajeretu Ahmed. In Ayona-Swedru, Hajeretu worked as a seamstress, supporting both herself and her mother, who had large medical bills. In 2003, she went to live with her brother in Accra and began working as a maid for a family who only paid her enough for necessities and to visit her mother once a year.  After a series of low-income jobs, she heard about Trashy Bags, and has now been working with the organization since 2007 as a seamstress. Her goal at the moment is to find out a way to get her mother’s medical condition fixed permanently. She hopes that by continuing to work with Trashy Bags, she can eventually reach this goal.

 
Olivia Apenuvor, a Global Mama since 2008

In 2007, Olivia decided to make some changes in her life. She had been working at a roofing tile factory, and while the pay was decent, the working conditions were difficult. When she heard about Trashy Bags, she felt it was the perfect opportunity work as a seamstress, a trade she actually enjoys. She has come to appreciate so many things about working at Trashy Bags, where she has been employed since 2008. On top of the wage she receives, she is also given a stipend towards transportation to and from work. While her daughter, Divine, lives in the city of Kumasi with her uncle, Olivia was able to save enough money to move into her own place with her younger daughter Francesca.

 



Global Mamas partners with Trashy Bags to produce accessories made from the recycled plastic of packaged drinking water (think plastic sachet vs. plastic bottle). Water sachets are the most popular item to buy on the streets of Ghana, and because of this, they also account for the majority of litter on the ground. Trashy Bags not only cleans up Ghana as they collect the littered drinking water sachets, but also works to inform the public about the environmental issues of litter and these non-biodegradable drink sachets.
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