With Love From Accra: Two Women with Big Vision and Big Hearts

Two young college students had no idea what an impact they would make on so many lives when they decided to study aboard in Ghana. Callie and Rebecca, co-founders of Aban, are changing the lives of young women as well as the street littering epidemic in Accra (the capitol of Ghana). Aban, which sells wallets, aprons, and bags made from Ghanaian batik fabric and recycled plastic from the streets of Accra, is an organization that helps the young women of  Accra with skills in sewing, savings and education, while earning money to support their children.

Every recycled product is sanitized, washed and rinsed before any of the sewing is done and communities are now being encouraged to save their plastic rather than saturate the landfills.. Each product has a tag and carries one of the student’s names as well as her profile.

My pick, theYaa Tote, is large enough for lunch, as well as for traveling. It’s also made of 52 recycled plastic bags and pays daycare for 3.5 months for a young woman in Ghana.

Click to check out this video. Aban on neglect


About Our Contributor: Amy Greene is a eco-event designer, photo-stylist, humanitarian and partner with Going Greene Events LLC, a local and national award-winning sustainable event production firm in Raleigh NC.  She can find any reason to host a party and is very active in her community, serving on several executive boards including Me Fine Foundation, the National Association of Catering Executives Triangle Chapter, the Durham Symphony Orchestra and Models for Charity.

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