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WOMEN'S VOCATIONAL

Beads play significant cultural, ceremonial, and financial roles in Ghana, West Africa. From the time a child is born, Ghanaian babies wear a strand of beads around their waists. Young girls continue the tradition into womanhood wearing up to six strands of beads at all times even when they bathe and sleep. Intricate bead designs also adorn ceremonial clothing, jewelry and headdresses worn by tribal kings, chiefs, and ministers at important cultural festivals and events. Ghanaian glass bead making has highlighted West Africa as a leading bead producer and exporter throughout the world.

SSEP original jewelry designs are handmade by women artisans in Ghana. The SSEP vocational program engages women from rural and under-served communities in bead and horn jewelry making and design. All SSEP vocational program students are financially compensated for their work and earn a certificate of completion.

Select participants of the vocational training program are eligible to receive micro-grants directly from SSEP to kick start their businesses. Our students live in the communities surrounding SSEP partner schools, giving us an additional way to make a positive impact in our target communities

SSEPS TRAINS WOMEN TO CRAFT GLASS BEADS & COW HORN JEWELRY

Beads play significant cultural, ceremonial, and financial roles in Ghana, West Africa. From the time a child is born, Ghanaian babies wear a strand of beads around their waists. Young girls continue the tradition into womanhood wearing up to six strands of beads at all times even when they bathe and sleep. Intricate bead designs also adorn ceremonial clothing, jewelry and headdresses worn by tribal kings, chiefs, and ministers at important cultural festivals and events.

FREE INSTRUCTION

Women are offered free instruction in glass bead and cow horn jewelry making and given opportunity to become a SSEP artisan crafting our original jewelry designs. Ghanaian glass bead making has highlighted West Africa as a leading bead producer and exporter throughout the world.

FAIR COMPENSATION

The SSEP vocational program engages women from rural and underserved communities in bead and horn making jewelry and design. All SSEP vocational program students are financially compensated at fair trade rates for their work and live in the communities surrounding SSEP partner schools. This gives us an additional way to make a positive impact in our target communities.

PROCEEDS REINVESTED IN COMMUNITIES

100% of proceeds are reinvested into the communities where the women are living in the form of educational projects, scholarships, and school builds. In addition, select program graduates are elegible to become vocational trainers for SSEP and some are eligible to receive micro-grants directly from SSEP to kick-start their businesses.