Carry change with us!


 
 
 
 

THE BRAND

Yesisa means change. When you join the Yesisa community you are changing the way you shop. You’re not just carrying a bag or wearing a piece of jewelry; you’re choosing responsible fashion. Our brand connects artisans to the global market and gives you access to unique designs that you won’t find anywhere else.


 
 

THE PRODUCTS

We aim to preserve the art of hand-made traditions. That is why our products are made from sustainable materials sourced from communities in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso.

Textiles such as Kente, Raffia, Batakari, Baoulé, Bogolan, Indigo, and Bambara are made by traditional weaving and dying techniques. Our brass pieces are fashioned from ancient Adinkra symbol designs that have meaning in every piece. Yesisa glass beads are sourced from a community in Ghana using recycled glass that would otherwise be discarded in landfills or in the ocean. Yesisa gives you the opportunity to accessorise purposefully and love the way you shop.

 
 

 
 

THE IMPACT

We work hard to benefit communities and the environment by partnering with artisan entrepreneurs and supporting education. We source our materials, design and manufacture products sustainably with artisans who want to grow their businesses. This results in shared success throughout the value chain and reducing our carbon footprint. Additionally, each month, a percentage of profits are shared with school children in a community within the Volta region of Ghana. These students, called Yesisa Scholars, are learning financial literacy skills and paying for school costs such as safe transportation, meals, books, and uniforms. Our model makes a full cycle of positive change that we will continue to adapt to future contexts and collaborations.

  • Yesisa scholars and communities are creating future leaders who will one day join the work force.

  • Yesisa artisans are using the increased income to grow their businesses and make more fashionable accessories that you will love.

  • Yesisa customers have the opportunity to wear hand-made, unique designs that speak to their style and values.

 
 
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YESISA ETHOS

 

Mmere Dane (Mmerɛ Dane)

”Good situations are not permanent so the fortunate should not boast; bad situations are not permanent so the less fortunate should not give up. No condition is permanent, hence, man should be humble, cooperative and hopeful in all his endeavors.”

 
 

Ethical fashion

Job creation & fair trade

Educational advancement

Preserving history & culture

Recycling & upcycling

Responsible travel & discovery

 

THE FOUNDER

 
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Morgan Kret is the Founder of Yesisa and an education and international development professional from Washington D.C.

Her career took her to Ghana in 2013 after completing her Masters’ degree from American University. Throughout ten years of working in education sector reform, teacher training, and gender equality with organizations like the Varkey Foundation and The Global Partnership for Education, she saw that improved access to school and learning is not enough to prepare kids for the workforce. Simultaneously, her love of contemporary, Ghanaian fashion led her to work with tailors and metal smiths to discover new ways of incorporating West African design into daily style. Yesisa, the social enterprise, evolved out of these passions as a way to promote West African fashion and give work as a solution to building the bridge between education and sustainable employment.

 

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