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P.O. Box 18323
Minnesota 55418

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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

Women in Progress, a non-profit organization, envisions women in Africa to be economically independent. Our purpose is to reduce the economic inequality of women by helping to significantly increase the revenues and profits of women-owned businesses. This in turn increases wages, generates new jobs and improves the standard of living for women, their families, and the larger community. We believe that helping women gain economic independence is the most effective way to reduce dependence on foreign aid and steadily create a prosperous society.

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I visited their facilities during a school trip to Ghana. Back home in the US I study economics and sustainability, meanwhile as a fair trade activist. I love what they are doing! They are an exemplary model of a fair trade cooperative. The producers seem to love what they do, and the products are ... more »
As a returned Peace Corps volunteer that worked in women's business development and empowerment for 2 years I can honestly say that Women in Progress is a power force for change. Their work is sustainable, culturally appropriate and well-informed. It is a true business (not based on hand-outs) ... more »
Prior to my volunteer experience with WIP,I had traveled around the world, but never by myself. Even though I arrived in Ghana by myself, I had instant friends and support with other WIP volunteers and staff. Now, six years later, I still keep in contact with my Ghanaian friends and other WIP ... more »
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