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Batik in Ghana

When people are given the skills and support they need, working in textiles can be fulfilling, enjoyable and lucrative.

In Ghana, a network of Intermediate Technology Transfer Units (ITTUs) provides training and equipment to help local people set up small businesses. In textiles, successful projects have included training young people, especially women, to set up batik-making businesses. Trainees are taught technical skills, such as pattern making, waxing, dye preparation, dyeing, designing, knotting and stitching techniques. They also develop business skills such as record keeping, marketing and customer service.

With few start-up costs (batik-making is much simpler than mechanised fabric printing) and needing little space, many women have gone on to set up thriving businesses from home. They make colourful, beautiful fabrics, which they sell on to local people to recover their costs.

For more information:
See www.tve.org/ho/doc.cfm?aid=401 for more information and additional case studies from ‘Hands On’, a partnership venture between Television Trust for the Environment (TvE) www.tve.org/ho/ and Practical Action www.practicalaction.org

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