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Impact | G-lish Ghana

Since 2010, G-lish Foundation has had the following economic, environmental and social impacts.

Environmental Impact

350 pieces of cut plastic

350 pieces of cut plastic

G-lish collects plastic rubbish and scrap African cloth and trains youth and women to transform those materials into twine. Skilled basket weavers weave the plastic and cloth twine into baskets, home-wares and art work using traditional weaving methods—thus preserving cultural heritage while helping alleviate poverty and tackling entrenched and overlooked environmental waste problems.

  • Prevented 278, 400 drinking water plastic bags from being burned and from entering rivers and farming soil by recycling them into high value products
  • Prevented 1,456 yards or 1,474 square metres of waste cloth from being burned or thrown into gutters, farming soil or rivers
  • Planted 720 seedlings in basket making communities along eroded roads
  • Trained 75 producers on how to work with recycled materials

Economic & Social Impact

  • Instances of violence have reduced due to more regular incomes and stress reduction in basket making households
  • Visibly increased self confidence in the women producers
  • Three full-time Ghanaian staff have been employed

    Bolga basket G-lish

    Recycled basket on a bed of plastic

  • 75 producers, who otherwise undertake subsistence farming, work with G-lish Foundation and are paid Fair Trade prices in line with or above the calculated rates for Ghana at http://fairwageguide.org/
  • Weavers and recyclers receive 10-14 times the profit that straw basket makers receive
  • Helped producers access foreign markets thus generating higher prices for their work and higher income for producers
  • 25 weavers have been given creativity, design, and colour theory training to develop their creativity and design skills
  • 250 straw basket weavers have increased awareness about fair prices from our work visiting 6 villages under the Fair Market Project funded by the Australian High Commission
  • 50 international buyers of straw baskets were surveyed on prices paid for STRAW baskets
  • 50 international buyers are in the process of being approached with fair prices survey data from meetings with 6 basket communities, to increase payments to STRAW basket producers, thus influencing the livelihoods of thousands of producers in the Upper East Region. (Survey available)
  • As a result of counselling and working with producers, all children in our villages are in school
  • 25 producers opened savings account with rural banks and save regularly

“Our producers tell us that they have choices now that they didn’t have before they started work with G-lish. They’re earning more than they’ve ever earned from any work before this. And they’re starting other small businesses from the income they earn with Glish” Godwin Yidana, cofounder of G-lish Foundation.

Participants sharing a joke with the facilitator at the G-lish Savings Forum, 2011

Participants sharing a joke with the facilitator at the G-lish Savings Forum, 2011