Rafiatu Adams initially started bracelet making and beading to pay her expenses while attending the University of Ghana where she studied Social Welfare and Entrepreneurship. After graduating she became inspired to use her abilities to help other girls in need who might travel to the capital city looking for work and find themselves homeless and exploited into sexual slavery.
Rafiatu’s vision was to set up a business for underprivileged girls and “street girls,” teaching them the art of beading so they can have the ability to provide for themselves. In order to get her business up and running, Eternal Threads stepped in to help by giving her the first bulk order for her jewelry.
Rafiatu is also working to create markets for her jewelry in Ghana, but connecting with women in the U.S. will greatly expand her capacity to serve the young women in her country. She is now building a place where the girls can live and work. Rafiatu’s dedication has her making a 14-hour journey from the village to the capital city of Accra to ship her goods and buy more raw materials.
Women in Rafiatu’s village make the beautiful baskets from elephant grass that Eternal Threads sells.
I went to the bank and received the money, I will therefore go to the market and get the beads and material and start work immediately. I’m so excited, thanks for giving me and the girls this chance. I pray it will move fast.