Artisan Organization: ABAN
ABAN uses discarded plastic bags to end the cycle of poverty for young mothers in Ghana.
Joyce is just one of many women who has lifted herself out of poverty through ABAN (A Ban Against Neglect), a student-founded non-profit that educates, employs and empowers young mothers.
Becoming pregnant at 19 was not what Joyce had planned. As a single mother caring for her son, she could no longer afford to attend school. And with only a sixth grade education, there was no way for her to earn a living. After connecting with ABAN, Joyce learned how to sew and gained the skills and confidence needed to support herself and her son.
Joyce and her fellow entrepreneurs create products from traditional batik fabrics and the upcycled plastic bags in which Ghanaians receive their drinking water -- keeping the bags off the streets.