Trashy Bags Recycling & Sewing Workshop (Dzorwulu)
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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