Seamstress Vocational Training Program 

 

Our seamstress program is based on female, youth empowerment. The program allows Ghanaian female, youth to train with a seamstress to learn the trade of sewing. In Ghana, a seamstress is an integral part of the community and economy, because getting clothes personally made is very common across the country. As we go to stores here to find clothes, it is very common to buy fabric in Ghana and get an outfit made by a local seamstress. 

 

This program is running in Bawjiase, a rural village in Ghana's Central Region, in addition to Swedru, a town in Ghana's Central Region. Currently the program is sponsoring 21 women. The enrollees train with the seamstress 5 days a week for 3 years. At the end of the three years, the program will have equipped each participant with the skills necessary to open their own seamstress business. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our program started out of a collaboration with Forbes Chocolate, founded in 1901 and located in Broadview Heights, Ohio. The company wanted to give back to a program in Ghana that was empowering and sustainable. The company shared with us that “as a company, we rely on Ghana for a large portion of our cocoa. We feel it is very important to give back to the communities that contribute so much to what we do. In doing so, we hope to improve the lives of the people there by working with an organization that uses the money efficiently to make a direct and lasting impact on improving their quality of life.” We are so grateful for Forbe's desire to give back to Ghana through our foundation, as Forbes gets part of its supplies from Ghana's farmers.

Individuals Impacted
21
This project advances the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals:
Goal 1: "End poverty in all its forms everywhere."
Goal 5: "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls."
Goal 8: "Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all."
 
United Nations, 2016. Sustainable Development Goals. (Read more here) 

Meet the Girls  

 

Program Photos  

 

Meet Patricia.

Meet Patricia.

Meet Juliana Agbesi

Meet Juliana Agbesi

Aisha

Aisha

Gifty Dadze

Gifty Dadze

Doris Mensah

Doris Mensah

938686_10204255446546790_457388681_o_edited

938686_10204255446546790_457388681_o_edited

Swedru's Shop

Swedru's Shop

Sewing Machines

Sewing Machines

Swedru's Head Seamstress

Swedru's Head Seamstress

Aisha

Aisha

Doris Mensah

Doris Mensah

Meet Vida

Meet Vida

Meet Doris

Meet Doris

Meet Augustina

Meet Augustina

3 Months of Training

3 Months of Training

Cohort 2: Swedru Location 1

Start Date: August 2015 (1), January 2016 (1), August 2016 (3)
Women Enrolled: 5
Head Seamstress: Madam Joycelyn

Cohort 1: Bawjiase Location 1

Start Date: August 2015  
Women Enrolled: 3
Head Seamstress: Madam Baby
Meet Grace

Meet Grace

Meet Patience

Meet Patience

Meet Beatrice

Meet Beatrice

Anita Blankson

Anita Blankson

Enrollees with the Head Seamstress

Enrollees with the Head Seamstress

Our Four Program Enrollees

Our Four Program Enrollees

Cohort 3: Bawjiase Location 2

Start Date: May 2016
Women Enrolled: 4
Head Seamstress: Madam Janet
Evelyn Andoh

Evelyn Andoh

Mariama Inusah

Mariama Inusah

Charlotte Ducan

Charlotte Ducan

Enrollees with their Head Seamstress

Enrollees with their Head Seamstress

Cohort 4: Bawjiase Location 3

Start Date: August 2015 (1), May 2016 (1), August 2016 (1)
Women Enrolled: 3
Head Seamstress: Madam Ayeley

Cohort 5: Swedru Location 2

Start Date: May 2016 (1), August 2016 (3)
Women Enrolled: 4
Head Seamstress: Madam Margret
Vida Aidoo

Vida Aidoo

Dorithy Acquah

Dorithy Acquah

Lydia Amoah

Lydia Amoah

Regina Quaye

Regina Quaye

Diana Afrani

Diana Afrani

Cohort 6: Bawjiase Location 4

Start Date: August 2016 (2)
Women Enrolled: 2
Head Seamstress: Madam Sandra
IMG_0073
IMG_0286
IMG_0983
IMG_0055
IMG_0287
IMG_0059
IMG_0067
IMG_0078
IMG_0079
IMG_0076
IMG_0083
YCIW2322
14519800_1416790335002654_92802376961966437_n
IMG_9056
14463191_1416725155009172_8874917416026613418_n
IMG_5243
IMG_5235
IMG_5231
IMG_5227
IMG_5130
IMG_5992
100_4702
100_4706
100_4709
100_4711
100_4713
100_4715
12511332_1715737582004462_1780929185_o
12490189_1715738385337715_1080339149_o
12511249_1715737982004422_217940662_o
12489921_1715737998671087_683379175_o
12235647_1698154173762803_886736571_o
12227476_1698153663762854_1318896418_o
12218956_1698155787095975_1192647758_o
IMG_4333
IMG_4331
IMG_4329
IMG_4326
IMG_4328
IMG_4325
SAM_1626.JPG
SAM_1676 (1)_edited.JPG
Edited Image 2015-8-27-12:43:53
SAM_1681.JPG
SAM_1676.JPG
SAM_1644.JPG
SAM_1642.JPG
SAM_1635.JPG
SAM_1629.JPG
SAM_1620.JPG
SAM_1616.JPG
SAM_1613.JPG
SAM_1611.JPG
SAM_1608.JPG
SAM_1605.JPG
SAM_1602.JPG
SAM_1599.JPG
SAM_1596.JPG
SAM_1592.JPG
SAM_1588.JPG
11866361_1120332364648454_7099783194745078675_n.jpg
11866245_1120332584648432_7539670821770801622_n.jpg
Contact Us:

Columbus, Ohio 

Akumanyifoundation@gmail.com

  • Wix Facebook page
  • Pinterest App Icon
  • Wix Twitter page
  • Wix Google+ page

© 2018 Copyright The Akumanyi Foundation