About Global Mamas
Global Mamas enhances the international marketplace with unique, high quality, handmade apparel, and at the same time provides sustainable livelihoods for women and girls in Africa.
Global Mamas reduces the economic inequality of women by significantly increasing the revenues and profits of woman-owned businesses in Africa. This in turn increases employee wages, generates new jobs and improves the standard of living. They believe that helping women gain economic independence is the most effective way to reduce dependence on foreign aid and steadily create a prosperous society.
Why Buy Global Mamas Products?
Global Mamas is the name brand for goods produced through the efforts of Women in Progress, an international not-for-profit organization assisting women of Africa in attaining economic independence. All proceeds made by Global Mamas’ sales go directly to the women producing the merchandise and to the business development programs carried out by Women in Progress.
Sales of Global Mamas’ products provide dignity to African women who are now able to earn an honest living through the production of handmade batik products.
Global Mamas: A Fair Trade Manufacturer
Global Mamas is recognized as a “fair trade” manufacturer and distributor through the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). The FTF is a non-profit organization in the United States that accepted Global Mamas to its ranks only after conducting a thorough investigation that ensured the African women who comprise the Global Mamas cooperative are the primary beneficiaries of the proceeds from clothing sales.
Supporting Fair Trade Practices
Global Mamas is a cooperative of individually-owned businesses working together to penetrate larger markets while maintaining their independence. Women are provided a "living wage" - over 10 times Ghana’s minimum wage. Members are paid upfront for completed products and receive financial assistance through a raw materials revolving loan fund.
Every product purchased from Global Mamas is a unique piece. Because each item is handcrafted, design and color may vary. We hope that you will also appreciate these minor variations that make each product especially unique. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, please call or email us (see the "Info" button for contact information.
The Global Mamas' Difference
Global Mamas helps the women find export markets AND assists them in managing their growing businesses by providing hands-on personalized assistance in implementing practical business strategies into day-to-day operations. In fact, one requirement of being a Global Mama is the adoption of basic bookkeeping practices which enables a business to observe trends and plan for growth.
This information was provided by Global Mama's webpage: www.globalmamas.org