Volunteer in Africa

Merchandising Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaMerchandising


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. We provide merchandising interns with the opportunity to play a critical role in the annual launch of our new product line and catalog. Merchandising interns also gain experience in visual merchandising and store management.

Trending & Forecasting (Spring)

  • Provide Direction - Research trends for the coming year and develop concept lines.
  • Sales Analysis - Evaluate prior year sales patterns and make recommendations on the fate of products in the current line.

Samples & Catalog Production (Summer/Fall)

  • Sample Production - Work with our designers to manage the development and documentation of samples.
  • Catalog Production – Assist with the production of our annual catalog including writing product descriptions, taking and preparing product photos and stylizing and taking fashion shots.
  • Costing & Pricing (For those of you who like the numbers) - Gather raw material cost data and assist product development and finance teams in determining wholesale pricing.

Visual Merchandising & Store Management (Year Round)

  • Assess the visual merchandising techniques and make recommendations for improvement at the Global Mamas flagship store as well as the shops owned and operated by our Mamas.
  • Provide on-the-job visual merchandising & customer service training for store staff.
  • Evaluate store operations and provide feedback to improve store and inventory management.

Past Merchandising Projects

Carol Rivers - Product Design volunteer in Africa

Carol Rivers
Leland, Michigan

Global Mamas needed assistance in validating the quality control procedures for products in order to roll out a more formalized QC system. Global Mamas was also was hoping to produce a Ghanaian cuisine cook book to be sold as part of the new kitchen set (aprons, potholders and oven mitts).

Carol followed through on many initiatives:
  • Completed the last stage of the Global Mamas quality control process by validating product specifications on all apparel products: measurements for all sizes, pattern layout, textile stamping patterns, and production costing.
  • Collected data needed for Global Mamas to roll out our new production management system.
  • Created master patterns for all products to be kept in the office.
  • Worked with Ghana's number one cook, Eli, in cooking Ghanaian meals every night and creating recipes for "Cape Coast Kitchen", a comprehensive Ghanaian cuisine cook book.
  • Determined measurements and cloth requirements for many new Global Mamas home décor items.
  • Wrote product descriptions for the new Home Décor products to be sold online.
  • Developed a new tiered ladies' skirt to be added to the Global Mamas product line.
  • Introduced Global Mamas products to her retail employer in the US who placed the largest order to date with Global Mamas.