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JULY ECO MARKETS IN ACCRA

“The Open Air Stock Exchange” eco markets happen in Accra on the first and second Saturdays of every month. Local artisans, eco friendly makers and innovators gather to showcase products and services including clothing, accessories, natural foods, organic fresh produce, toiletries and more.

On the first Saturday of every month, we are at the Goethe Institut.

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Thanks Majid Michel for passing by to shop!

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Majid Michel and Yasmeen (founder of Green Butterfly)

On the Second Saturday of every month we are in airport residential area near Koala supermarket and GIZ.

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The next market will be happening on the 6th of August at the Goethe Institut, and then on the 13th of August in Airport residential area.

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Learn a new skill today

Green Butterfly works with a group of highly skilled artisans, farmers, craftsmen /women of various disciplines, soap and toiletries manufacturers and more, in a series of skills training programs. Beneficiaries of our programs are mostly mothers and small children.

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Programs such as the beading course, led by a seasoned bead craftsman – Prosper, teaches participants beading techniques for bags, belts, footwear, and various accessories such as this lizard keychain:

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Or this necklace:

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We have soap making workshops to teach liquid soapmaking as well as solid soap making.  Fulera leads our liquid soapmaking workshops and Yasmeen leads the solid soapmaking workshops.

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Everything we need to create amazing natural and organic soaps are right here in Ghana. We have amazing butters, oils, herbs, clays and additives. Learn with us! (Call or WhatsApp 0264799143)

Peter leads our beekeeping and honey production workshop; and this summer, Yasmeen will be keeping the kids busy in our special music workshops for small children one year and up!

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Spread the word to all your friends. You never know who needs a way out. Our program “the open air stock exchange” eco market has helped grow over 50 small businesses in the areas of Arts, Crafts, clothing, fresh produce, toiletries and cosmetics, personal care and more. The eco market offers a great platform for our skills training beneficiaries to move on into doing business for themselves.

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Where does your money go?

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Every day we spend money on various things ranging from things we absolutely need to things that are for pleasure or considered luxury items. Whatever the case may be, we spend money on products everyday but have you thought carefully about where your money is going and what sort of impact your spending makes on your community, your country, and the world? This is very important so take a few minutes to think about it.

There are mighty multinationals like Nestlé, Unilever, and the like. There are medium to large manufacturing companies some of whom employ the use of chemicals and dangerous substances in their products. Then there are the small to medium companies run by members of our very own communities some of whom are making (or growing) quality eco friendly  products without the use of dangerous chemicals or harming animals. Where would you rather spend your money?
The billions of dollars earned everyday by multinationals may not be impacted severely by your individual decision to patronise and support a local, handmade product but your decision to support that small local business means the world to a mother who desperately needs to make ends meet. You could be helping her put meals on her table, to clothe her children and to put them through school.

Here at Green Butterfly we support such women through capacity building and various retail platforms. Find out about the next eco market happening near you. If you live in Accra it’s happening on the first Saturday of every month at the Goethe Institut in East Cantonments (next to NAFTI) and on the second Saturday of every month in Airport residential area  (near GIZ) and Koala supermarket. Products you can find at the eco market include:

●Locally grown, Organic herbs and vegetables
● handicrafts
● beads and accessories
● natural handmade soaps
● natural handmade cosmetics
● Oils
● natural health foods
● fabric and clothing
● footwear
● art
● local music
● thrift items

Support local ecofriendly business and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing how your spending impacts people in your community. Your money is not going towards funding toxic chemical products, or enriching an already rich group of people. Your money goes back into your community and the people who live there.

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