Akoma UK works with the Akoma Cooperative Multipurpose Society in Bolgatanga, a poverty-stricken area in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Unemployment is high here and there have been few opportunities for the people in this village to improve their lives.
We have been working here since 2008, helping the local community improve their job prospects, their education and their health. It is our belief that we can do business in a way that benefits everybody – from our cooperative workers to our customers buying our products.
By building a cooperative in Ghana to help local people, in particular women, we are providing them with an opportunity to rise out of poverty. We are also keeping traditional production methods and the community's knowledge alive.
By adhering to Fairtrade guidelines, Akoma represents a new breed of companies that focus on fair prices, good working conditions, sustainability and fair terms of trade.