Global Mamas, Ghana
Global Mamas Fair Trade Zone is a circular manufacturing hub for just textile production in Akuse, 50 km from Ghana’s Lake Volta. Since 2003, Global Mamas has provided training, financial, and technical resources to women-led home-based enterprises (HBEs), providing them a platform for selling their products, receiving fixed incomes 1.75 times the national living wage and upskilling to compete with the global apparel market. Ninety percent of the revenue is generated by apparel sale and the profits are reinvested back as resources. Since its inception in 2003 as a cluster of a few women, it has grown into a network of more than two hundred-women led HBEs. As a model for ethical and sustainable apparel production, Global Mamas was granted World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) membership, certifying that Global Mamas’ products meet environmental, social, and economic goals.
Since its inception, Ecolibri has worked with Indigenous communities across the Lake Atitlán area in Guatemala to initiate and successfully deliver projects that integrate sustainable methods for farming that also support the local economy for the production of textiles and construction materials through upcycled agricultural waste. Unsustainable agricultural practices and improper waste management have greatly degraded the ecology, ecosystem, and once abundant natural resources of Lake Atitlán, eroding fertile soil and altering water quality. This in turn has impaired the ability of many families to provide high-quality nutrition and safe drinking water to their dependents, which has led to rampant emigration from the region.