Trashy Bags Recycling & Sewing Workshop (Dzorwulu)
Anastasia Larvie, a Global Mama since 2007

Anastasia Larvie couldn’t be happier working for Trashy Bags. Not only is she a fan of the products, but she loves how her work is helping Ghana. After living in Anloga, located in Ghana's Volta Region, selling kaklo with her mother, Anastasia moved to Accra to be with her father at age 14. He was determined to have her attend school when she came to live with him, which she did. In 2006, Anastasia completed her vocational school training as a seamstress. Now, married and with a child, Anastasia works as much as possible to support her family, and tries to save enough money to visit her mother in Anloga as often as she can. She feels fortunate to have received the opportunity to work with Trashy Bags and has high hopes for the organization’s growth.

 
Anthony Horlu, a Global Mama since 2007

Anthony Horlu’s dedication to quality makes him a perfect fit at Trashy Bags. For Anthony, it’s not just about quality in the product, but quality in education and work. Anthony spent 12 years of his life voluntarily teaching tailoring at a vocational school in Ho, Ghana. The community’s support for the school had dwindled, but he was determined to make sure students received a decent education in a useful trade. When Anthony moved to Accra, he opened a small sewing kiosk. He was often frustrated by his customers’ and employees’ lack of appreciation for quality, but did what he had to do to support his wife and children. Trashy Bags provided Anthony with a loan to send his oldest son, Eugene, to secondary school in Koforidua. He is very thankful for the benefits he has received through the organization. Additionally, Anthony loves the environmental and economical benefits Trashy Bag provides for the community.  “Trashy is creating jobs!” he says.  

 

 
Gladys Oduro, a Global Mama since 2008

Gladys Oduro was a seamstress for 10 years before joining Trashy Bags in 2008. She grew up in the Ashanti region of Ghana, near a city called Kumasi, but has now lived in Accra for more than 20 years. Times have been difficult for Gladys, as she is a single mother raising four children. In Ghana, children often work to contribute to the family, even at very young ages. However, her children all have a great desire to stay in school, and Gladys has done her best to ensure they do. She feels very lucky to work with Trashy Bags, predominantly due to her great relationship with her manager. No matter what kind of problems Gladys has, she feels very comfortable asking for assistance from him and knows he’ll do whatever he can to help her.

 
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.

 
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.

 

 
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.

 

 
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.

 

 
Suwaiba Alhassen, a Global Mama since 2007

From her Trashy Bags wages, Suwaiba Alhassen sends money each month to her mother, a plantain vendor. With a strict savings plan in place, she’s also working towards one day attending nursing school. She was pleased that her initial wage at Trashy Bags was more than her previous profession as a housekeeper, and partway through her first year at Trashy Bags, she was promoted from cutting and washing the bags to her current position. She is currently working towards another promotion to seamstress, with the help of fellow Mama Risi Kafu Yalaya teaching her to sew.



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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