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.



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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