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Our Mission:

Employ to create.

The Matilda Flow Inclusion (MFI) Foundation employs women with disabilities, mothers of children with disabilities, and community members in Greater Accra, Ghana to create fashion.

 
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Our Mission

The Matilda Flow Inclusion (MFI) Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that employs women with disabilities, mothers of children with disabilities, and community members in Greater Accra, Ghana to create fashion. MFI Foundation is a transitional employment program which pays living wages and generates meaningful work.

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Get Involved

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Board Recruitment. MFI Foundation is currently expanding its Board of Directors to include community leaders in Ghana with experience in non-profit management, artisan work, environmental activism, disability activism, and design. If you have expertise in one or more of these areas and are interested in getting involved, email your CV/resume or LinkedIn profile to Matilda at matildaflowenterprise@gmail.com and info@matildaflow.com.

Buy Our Products. Tie-dye products are available for purchase on this website for people outside Ghana. Similar products also available for purchase locally.

 

Board recruitment (Ghana)

MFI Foundation is currently expanding its Board of Directors in Ghana.

Buy tie-dye (worldwide)

MFI Foundation has been making tie-dye for the spirit and mind since 2016.

BUY Tie-Dye (Ghana)

Select products are sold locally. Contact Matilda for details.

 
 

Our Impact

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The Matilda Flow Inclusion Foundation measures social impact in two domains: social inclusion and living wages. Social inclusion refers to a person’s sense of belonging to a community or society. Living wages ensures that people can meet their basic needs and thrive beyond their basic needs.

MFI Foundation also assesses the environmental impact of the work on basis of fabric waste and water use. Based on the impact assessment, MFI seeks to minimize any damage to the local and global environment.

10

persons currently employed

 

80%

employees are women

 
 

70%

Employees are persons with disabilities

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Our Programs

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Located in Amasaman, a suburb of Accra, Ghana, MFI Foundation is based out of a tailoring and cloth-dying workshop. We operate four employment categories: permanent seamstresses, transitional sewing apprentices, transitional cloth-makers, and weavers and beadmakers in a work-from-home program. MFI Foundation creates upcycled fashion sold in the USA by Make Fashion Clean (MFC). The foundation is committed to advancing social inclusion and living wages for its workers and the wider community.

Seamstress Program

Our workshop partnership employs seamstresses and tailors to sew sustainable tie-dye products. This program targets women with disabilities, who make up at least half of the cohort, but also includes other vulnerable women and men for an inclusive workforce. Seamstresses earn a living work. Most of the workers hope to open their own independent sewing shops after a few years at the workshop and are saving toward this goal. As full-time workers, they earn benefits including social security, housing relocation support, and health care benefits
 

Sewing Apprenticeships

The workshop's apprentice program trains unskilled workers in sewing and fashion design over a period of two or three years. The program targets women with disabilities and adults with developmental disabilities who seek to learn an occupational trade. Participants earn a living wage stipend per month for the duration of their apprenticeship. By comparison, most apprentices in Ghana are required to pay for training. Apprentices with developmental disabilities are paired one-to-one with other experienced apprentices, who provide individualized learning and tutoring support as part of their conditions for receiving these stipends. As full-time workers, they earn benefits including social security, housing relocation support, and preventative health services.

Cloth-making Program

The workshop's cloth-making program provides six-month of paid cloth-making training and a business start-up grant to participants. The program targets mothers, parents, or caretakers of children with developmental disabilities. Participants earn a living wage stipend for the duration of their training, and at the end of the program, they receive a two-part business start-up grant worth approximately 1500 GHS (350 USD) to open their own cloth-making business or other independent shop to support their child's needs. 
 

Work From Home Program

The work-from-home program provides training and a flexible income generating method for individuals who may face barriers in traveling around the community. The program targets persons with physical disabilities who use wheelchairs or have mobility restrictions. Members of this program create handmade beads and knitted products. They receive weekly deliveries of supplies, which is often accompanied by a visit from the workshop’s driver and manager. They start as contract employees and are paid for the number of products they make. After several months of demonstrated work, they can become full-time employees with a monthly salary and health care benefits.

2017

As a manager, when you are working with people, it’s not about power over, but it’s power with or power within. We share ideas because this work we do, most of the workers - though they know how to sew small-small - the things that we do are different.

-Matilda Lartey, Executive Director and Workshop Manager