WOMEN IN PROGRESS INC Overview
Programs: Women in Progress (WIP) helps small women-owned businesses in Africa to access global markets and manage their growing businesses. WIP enables the economic independence of these women by promoting their traditional skills in producing handmade products under the brand name Global Mamas. WIP also provides members with personalized, hands-on business assistance and computer training to strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs to better manage their growing enterprises.In 2003 WIP launched the Global Mamas Cooperative with six women-owned businesses. Today the Global Mamas Cooperative is comprised of 24 individually-owned businesses working together to penetrate larger markets while maintaining their independence. The women are provided fair and deserved wages for their high-quality work. Sales of Global Mamas' products provide dignity to African women who are now able to earn an honest living. WIP provides the Global Mamas Cooperative with financial and management support, including:* Coordination of the production for over 50 products in hundreds of designs for over 50 customers in the US and Ghana* Upfront payments for the production of high quality goods* Sourcing of raw materials in bulk through a Raw Materials Revolving Inventory Fund resulting in reduced costs and increased product quality* Management of quality control* Practical assistance with new product development, strategic planning, bookkeeping, and marketing
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