Trashy Bags Recycling & Sewing Workshop (Dzorwulu)
Hawa Mohammed, a Global Mama since 2007

Though Hawa Mohammed is one of the youngest workers at Trashy Bags, she has quite a large amount of responsibility in her life. She currently lives with her stepmother in Accra, of whom she has been taking care since her father passed away in 2006. Hawa is also supporting her younger brothers and sisters who live in her hometown of Techiman, Ghana. They constantly tell her how much they miss her, but are grateful for the opportunity she received in starting at Trashy Bags. Hawa plans to work at Trashy Bags until she raises enough money to attend catering school. Her ultimate dream is to have her own restaurant someday. She appreciates both the wage she earns and the working conditions of Trashy Bags, but what she appreciates most is how everyone is treated like family rather than employees.

 

 
Risi Kafu Yalaya, a Global Mama since 2007

After 25 years of living in Nigeria, Risi Kafu Yalaya came back to Ghana, her home country, with her two children and a bag of their belongings. She had built a life in Nigeria, but after the death of her husband, she knew things would be easier back in Ghana. Risi started selling cosmetics by the roadside to support her family, but due to competition, business was quite difficult. She had taught herself to sew in Nigeria, so when she heard about a job at Trashy Bags, she was determined to get it. She joined Trashy Bags in 2007 and quickly took on a mentoring role, teaching some of the other employees how to sew so they could be promoted. Her children, Fatima and Rofia, attend Medina Islamic School, and in order to pay the school fees, Risi was able to take out a loan from Trashy Bags. She is paying it back with each paycheck. Risi loves the work she does at Trashy Bags and prays every day for its continued success.

 



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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