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Name: Rebecca Brandt, Emmanuel Quarmyne & Callie Brauel
Company: A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)
What it is: ABAN is a non-profit dedicated to empowering young mothers in Ghana by selling unique, handmade products from recycled materials. Plastic waste is collected off the streets, sanitized and then combined with a traditional Ghanaian fabric or printed textile. Proceeds from the products go to fund a 2-year program that empowers women financially and personally, allowing them to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their children.
Ah-Ha Moment!: While studying entrepreneurship in Ghana, three college students became disturbed by the pollution and poverty around them: everyday 60+ tons of plastic water bags end up on the streets that 60,000+ children sleep on—half of whom were young mothers under the age of 20. These children came from different backgrounds, but shared the common thread of neglect.
Callie, Rebecca and Emmanuel joined forces and set out to address these issues. What began as a class project to start a non-profit recycling plastic street waste became a shelter and community for young mothers in Ghana.
Motto: The fabric of change
Need it Now!: The Blessing Bag: Named after a baby that came through ABAN’s nursery, this is the perfect makeup bag to keep in tote! Its plastic lining is easy to wipe down and keeps it looking fresh. At $15, it makes a perfect gift — and gives a month’s worth of savings to an ABAN woman!
Sara Says: “I’m so inspired by how ABAN turns trash into an opportunity to empower young moms in Ghana. By carrying one of their bags, we can all help end the cycle of poverty and clean up the environment…carry on!”
Spring On It!: Take 25% off your purchase from http://www.aban.org with code SPANXU at checkout*
*code valid through December 31, 2014