We work through the Matilda Flow Inclusion Foundation.
Our work in Ghana is facilitated via the Matilda Flow Inclusion Foundation, a non-governmental organization in Amasaman, Ghana directed by Matilda Lartey, our first workshop partner and DL Lundberg, our founder.
The foundation employs vulnerable persons at Matilda's workshop, which was expanded to improve accessibility. Over half of the seamstresses, tailors, and assistants are persons with physical or intellectual disabilities or parents and caretakers of kids with disabilities. Half are economically or socially vulnerable women.
We create equitable, healthful work for vulnerable people.
Seamstresses and tailors earn a starting salary of 600 GHS (150 USD) per month after a one-month trial where they are assessed for work ethic, attendance, and sewing skills. They are eligible for a 50 GHS raise every six months. Workshop assistants are adults with intellectual disabilities who earn a starting salary of 450 GHS (112 USD) per month.
Workers are registered in the National Health Insurance Scheme. Our tailors, seamstresses, and workshop assistants earn social security, which provide them with economic security for retirement.
We support programs for inclusion and empowerment.
Our knitting program trains persons with physical disabilities with significant mobility restrictions and parents or caretakers of children with different abilities to knit mittens and hats from our tie-dye yarn made out of repurposed cotton.
Participants are paid per knitted item to support their livelihood or fund a scholarship for their child to receive an education at The Epicentre, a local center for students with special needs.
Our cloth-making program provides parents or caretakers of kids with disabilities with six-months of job training in tie-dye cloth-making and a living stipend to support their time in training.
At the end of the program, they receive mentorship and a business creation grant to open their own tie-dye cloth-making business or any other small trading shop to independently meet their child's needs.
Work + Learn Program
Our Work + Learn program funds tutoring three times per week for persons with developmental disabilities employed at our partner workshops to maximize abilities and make up for missed opportunities.
We partner on projects for research and advocacy.
Portraits of Ability:
Portraits of Ability is a photo-interview research project to capture and raise awareness about the abilities of persons with disabilities in Ghana. The project is facilitated in partnership with a local non-governmental partner, the Disability Needs Foundation, and has included seventy-five participant since 2014.
School Sensitization Project
Our school sensitization project funds advocates with physical disabilities to visit junior high and senior high schools across Ghana to speak to student assemblies about inclusive education and respect for persons with disabilities. They share personal stories, conduct demonstrations, and answer student questions. The project is facilitated in partnership with a local non-governmental partner, the Disability Needs Foundation, and has visited over twenty schools since 2014.
Pilot Transport Project
Our pilot transport project is a proof of concept for a taxi network that aims to provide affordable, accessible transportation to persons with physical disabilities in Ghana by requiring participating drivers to offer discounted service to this population once per week. The pilot is collecting data.