A socially responsible label, made in Ghana
This year for International Women's Day, the ladies of YEVU decided to put themselves first, and take a little time out from business as usual to focus on their health and well-being.


The women of YEVU HQ spent the day at the training centre in Accra with community and health professionals getting a comprehensive health screening and learning about how to best take care of themselves mentally and physically so they can stay well, feel good and enjoy life.

Throughout the day, the team got blood tests, blood pressure checks, sickle cell checks, and breast examinations (including self examinations - such an important part of preventative health care)!
We also took this opportunity to check in with the ladies, ask them some questions about themselves, like what puts a smile on their dial and what they hope to achieve this year.
Learn a little about the women who make your YEVU, who help get your YEVU to you and the women who make our content sing! We are some of the faces behind the business.

Meet the ladies of YEVU!

STELLA
SEAMSTRESS


Previous role:
seamstress & dress seller

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
I have been able to work hard to take my children to school. One in senior high school and the other in kindergarten and I am proud of that. I do not want to rely on anyone to take care of my kids. I will work hard to provide for them.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I want to buy a plot of land and build my own house for my children and me. I currently live with my big brother, which I am not so happy about.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
YEVU has given me a stable source of income, to be able to educate my children and I am grateful to YEVU.

MARY
CUTTER


Previous role:
I had a shop that I sew clothes for people but I have rented it out to someone for extra income.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
  I am proud to say that I have bought an industrial machine from my savings in order to start my small sewing business in the future.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I want to save money to buy a plot of land to build a house of my own. Currently I stay in a rented house.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints, Unforeseen circumstances like sickness, death etc.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
  YEVU has helped me improve on my cutting and sewing, I can boldly say that I can cut and sew professionally. I can also boast of paying for my three kids’ school fees and taking care of my family. Thanks to YEVU!

What is the favourite thing you do to enjoy yourself? Spending time with family and friends and I AM OVER HAPPY HERE AT YEVU.


LYDIA
QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR


Previous role:
I Use to sew at home for people to earn income.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
I have bought my own knitting and sewing industrial machine, I want to own my sewing shop in the future.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I want to own a land and build my home.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
YEVU has made me financially stable. I send my parents money and I am able to pay for my kids school fees.

What is your favourite thing to do to enjoy yourself? My job makes me happy. I am glad that I am able to work to help puts smiles on the faces of those I work with. Not working makes me think a lot and I do not like that. Therefore, I am happy working.

VIVIAN
SENIOR SEAMSTRESS


Previous role:
I was learning how to sew at Kosao before I came to YEVU.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
  I have been able to buy a plot of land to start my building project. It was not easy for my family and I to buy that land. We are grateful to God.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
To start building my house this year.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints. This is because all that I earn is used to pay the fees of my kids.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
  Through YEVU I have been able to buy a piece of land, send money to my mum and take care of my family.

What is the favourite thing you do to enjoy yourself? My family makes me happy, and my colleagues at work makes me happy. In addition, when we are paid I become happy because I am able to feed my family. I am also happy when the things we sew is purchased largely worldwide and the company gets many profits.



JOSEPHINE
QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR


Previous role:
I use to work at a fashion firm at Dzorwulu.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
I have been able to put my kids through school. I am so proud of that. I believe education is very important and since I have not been to school, I am happy to put my kids through school.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I live with my mum and I wish to have a place of my own. 

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
Yevu has changed my life a lot. Being a single mother, I have been able to cater for my daughter and put her through school. Am happy about that.

What is your favourite thing to do to enjoy yourself?  I love listening to music a lot, I love music.




LYDIA
SENIOR SEAMSTRESS


Previous role:
I sew for people at home.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
  I have been able to get my own prepaid meter at home. It was expensive but I was able to acquire it.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I want to get married and own a house.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints, unforeseen circumstances.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
   I am able to feed my family and care for my brother.

What is the favourite thing you do to enjoy yourself? I listen to music, Money makes me happy.

FELICIA
SEAMSTRESS


Previous role:
I sew kids clothing to sell.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
My husband and I have been able to acquire a plot of land.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I want to buy an industrial machine for myself to sew at home; this will bring me additional income.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints and unforeseen circumstances.
 
How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
Through YEVU, I have learnt a lot on the job, I was not good at sewing but Yevu has trained me to be a better seamstress.

ALBERTA
FINANCE AND ADMIN COORDINATOR


Previous role:
customer service specialist at PEG.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
  Going back to school to complete an MBA in Finance, I am proud that I have worked and saved up money to pay my fees. I had mixed feelings about going back to school and funding my education. Am glad I did!
 
What do you hope to achieve this year?
I am currently hoping to expand my mushroom farm, export it to other countries and employ people to help with the business and probably get married I guess. Haha!


What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Money and Time is the greatest barrier, I hope to get more time for my business and work.


How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
I am happy to say that YEVU has given me the chance to do pay for my MBA program in school.

What is the favourite thing you do to enjoy yourself? I enjoy outings with my friends, watching movies and teasing my mum hahaha.

FELICIA ADWUBI
Co-Owner, The YEVU Foundation
& Head of Production, YEVU Clothing


Previous role: apprentice

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
My Husband and I built a home, I went back to school and I am able to pay my kids school fees. Super proud.

What do you hope to achieve this year?
I am hoping to start my building project this year hopefully with the help of God.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Financial constraints.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
My life is all about YEVU, YEVU has helped me Financially, Learn more skills, teach and train other workers to be professionals.

What is your favourite thing to do to enjoy yourself?  Sewing and meeting my target makes me happy.


TESSA
DIGITAL CONTENT CREATOR


Previous role:
in-house graphic designer

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
Learning to say “Schlesisches tor.”
 
What do you hope to achieve this year?
Getting home to see the family at some point!

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? COVID-19.


How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
Working at YEVU has really allowed me to shape and hone my skills as a graphic designer, with a lot of freedom, trust, appreciation and support. I’m eternally grateful to be a part of this amazing little family, we have a real unique way of doing things but it shows it can be done!

What is the favourite thing you do to enjoy yourself? Cooking and brewing things.

VIC
SALES & OPERATIONS
COORDINATOR


Previous role: general operations manager

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
Navigating international visas

What do you hope to achieve this year?
Finish my EMA

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Zoom seminars

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
  YEVU has taught me I can absolutely love what I do and I don't have to be working 24/7 while having an internal breakdown to be appreciated for my knowledge and skills. The ethos of the company is incredibly rare in this industry and I could not be prouder to be a part of this business.

What is your favourite thing to do to enjoy yourself? Be massaged.


ANNA
FOUNDER, YEVU CLOTHING


Other role:
policy Office, City of Sydney

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
Being a part of the building of this fabulous team of women from around the globe. And recently seeing Tilda Swinton rock YEVU at Sydney's Mardi Gras!
 
What do you hope to achieve this year?
To work with Felicia to buy a plot of land and build a bigger and better production space in Accra, so that we can continue to grow the team and do things a bit greener, minimising our environmental impact.

What do you believe is the greatest barrier to achieve this? Money, ofcourse, but we're working really hard to get the business to a point where we can make this dream a reality.

How has working for YEVU impacted your life?
It's a huge source of pride and exhaustion at the same time! It's taught me that relationships are the most important things in business and I am constantly grateful to be a part of team that wants this to succeed as badly as I do. It's also taught me a thing or two about fashun!

What is the favourite thing you do to enjoy yourself? Evening swims with a cold beer.
Thank you for supporting a female led social enterprise that aims to economically empower women through fair and sustainable work.
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