As a company founded by a female entrepreneur, we’re especially attuned to businesses, organizations, and causes that support women and girls. So when we came across Global Mamas, which fuses women’s empowerment with some pretty snappy home design, we knew we’d found kindred spirits.
Global Mamas was founded in 2003 to assist small, women-owned businesses in Ghana, where the majority of women earn less than $2 per day. The organization launched with six artisans creating original home textiles, and since then has grown to a network of 627 skilled women (and even a few men) handcrafters creating more than 180 products for North American, European, Asian, Australian, and Ghanaian markets. Items range from batik and tie-dye fabrics and home décor items like baskets and kitchen products to jewelry, skin-care products, clothing, and pet accessories—all made with time-honored techniques passed down from one generation to the next.
We can’t get enough of Global Mamas’ saturated colors and exuberant West African patterns, especially on functional items like potholders, luggage tags, travel cases, and storage bins. We also love that we can read up on the artisans via the dozens of bios provided on the Global Mamas website. But our favorite part of making a Global Mamas purchase is that proceeds go directly to the entrepreneurs and the nonprofit programs that support their continued business development, so we can feel good about decking out our homes in the many .
Get shopping with Global Mamas, and let us know which items are your favorites.