Trashy Bags Recycling & Sewing Workshop (Dzorwulu)
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.

 



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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