Batiking & Sewing Center (Ho)
Cynthia Gabianu, a Global Mama since 2008

Cynthia Gabianu started out her trade as a seamstress by working as an apprentice back in 2003. In 2008, she heard from a Peace Corps volunteer about the cooperative in Ho hiring seamstresses, and she has now been working with it ever since. The main aspect that she appreciates about working with the cooperative is that she can count on getting paid. She is the sole provider for herself and her daughter, Liticia Logo, and things were very difficult for them when Cynthia wasn't able to depend on a steady paycheck. She hopes to run her own shop someday and send her daughter to school to become a doctor.

 
Edem Homado, a Global Mama since 2008

A Global Mama since 2008, Edem became a seamstress in late 2007 but already had an eye and an appreciation for quality and creative designs, which is one of the reasons she enjoys working with the cooperative. She currently lives with her parents and they often help her out with caring for her daughter, Philomina, whom Edem hopes will become a nurse someday. She sees herself working with the cooperative for a long time and she feels good about the contribution she is making just through her work.

 
Gifty Dzagli, a Global Mama since 2008

Before becoming a seamstress, Gifty Dzagli worked as a house servant. She was often mistreated but she managed to learn to sew in her spare time from another seamstress. After leaving her job as a house servant, she became a seamstress' apprentice to further learn the trade. Gifty has now been with the cooperative in Ho since June 2008. Her family, consisting of her parents and four brothers, are all farmers and she does what she can to help them out. The majority of her income, however, goes to supporting herself and her daughter, Precious, whom she hopes will become a doctor someday.

 
Issifu Asana, a Global Mama since 2008

At the young age of 26, Issifu Asana became the manager of the sewing co-operative in Ho. Issifu, who is both Togolese and Ghanaian, attended trade school to learn to sew. She began working with the co-operative in June 2008, and had already been a seamstress for 3 years by the time she started. She used to work just for herself but found that working in the co-operative has provided more business, and she enjoys the companionship of everyone who works there! Issifu has spent most of her life in Ho, growing up with two brothers and three sisters. She has a twin sister who is a hairdresser and batiker. She currently lives by herself but often helps out her mother and father.



Lady Volta Batik in Ho was designed to give seamstresses and batikers in the region the opportunity to earn a fair wage by creating Global Mamas apparel. With the help of our sister organization, Village Exchange Ghana, Lady Volta Batik now employs nearly 15 women (and a few men too). The steady, year-round business from Global Mamas provides the workers with dependable income as well as a tremendous sense of pride.
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