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.
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
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.
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.