We help underpriviliged women in Kumasi

TUMI Ghana is a non-profit organisation that creates sustainable income opportunities for underprivileged women in Kumasi. Due to poverty and early motherhood, girls often do not have the chance to go to school. Lacking employable skills and a steady income, they struggle to feel any control over their own lives. Here at TUMI Ghana, we give them the opportunity to learn a skill which allows them to earn their own income and empowers them to feel confident and in control!

Education in Ghana, especially university, is still a luxury for many. This leaves a lot of women without the skills that will give them a fair chance in the job market. They either end up selling food or drinks on the streets or find a low-paid job in the market or in a shop. Many of these jobs pay less than two Euros a day.

Some women get the chance to learn a skill like sewing or hairdressing. However, these trades cannot be learned in a school environment, but through apprenticeship. This means that, a woman who wants to learn to sew, pays a fee between 25 to 150 Euros to a master seamstress. From that moment she will work for the seamstress for free and in return the master will teach her the trade. This can take up to three years, depending on how eager the student is to learn and how willing the seamstress is to teach.

Women Empowerment Centre

Women can:

  • Take courses to become a professional seamstress
  • Get information about and get access to birth control

The course includes classes in:

  • Sewing
  • Designing
  • Customer service
  • Bookkeeping
  • Marketing

Girls from 17 to 28 years old with a maximum level of SHScan apply for our sewing course by calling to Annette: 0244 86 92 75

Staff

Our team in Ghana

MILOU LOMMELEN - FOUNDER

Milou Lommelen Founder

Milou studied Tourism & Leisure Management and Facility Management. While studying facility management she already knew she wanted to work in development work and as a preparation she did several internships with several NGOs. For her last internship she came to Ghana in 2015 and loved the place and the Ghanaian people. While working here she saw the many possibilities that Ghana has to offer and started working on the project plan for TUMI Ghana. After a year of preparations in the Netherlands, she came back to Ghana to start this project.

ANTOINETTE OPOKU - SEWING COORDINATOR

Antoinette Opoku Sewing Coordinator

Antoinette (better known as Annette) is married and mother of four. After finishing Management studies at the Institute for Commercial Management she studied Fashion and design in Kumasi. She worked for an international NGO for eight years and seven years ago she founded her own fashion and design business. Given her work experience and her

Esther Nkansah - SEWING TEACHER

Esther Nkansah Sewing teacher

Esther originally came from the Eastern region in Ghana, she came to Kumasi in 2013 to study fashion and design at Opoku Ware girls. Here she learned sewing, designing & bead jewellery making, she completed her education in 2016 and after completing her education she worked in a sewing workshop for a year. Esther is a strong and independant young woman and therefore the perfect example for the girls in our sewing classes. She will design the sewing classes together with Annette and will be teaching the basic sewing classes for TUMI Ghana.

ANNEROOS DEN OTTER OPERATIONS MANAGER

Anneroos Den Otter Operations manager

Anneroos studied Cultural & Social development. During her studies she traveled a lot and found her passion in intercultural work. After graduating she worked as a project coordinator and mentor in a refugee camp with unaccompanied minor refugees. After 2 years of working she decided to move to Ghana for a volunteer project with seamstresses.

Our team in The Netherlands

DANIELLE LEUKEL - VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Danielle Leukel Vice-Chairperson

Danielle is brand manager for Bavaria brewery in the Netherlands. Because of her passion for traveling and other cultures she has been very involved in the project from the start. Through her experience in marketing and communication, she helps TUMI Ghana with communication and events.

Wouter Gerards - TREASURER

Wouter Gerards Treasurer

Wouter has extended knowledge about financials and the Non-Profit world. He was a board member for several years for an NGO in Colombia and works as an accountant for the Dutch government.

AN PEGELS - SECRETARY

An Pegels Secretary

An is sales manager for Wittenberg in Amsterdam. She visited Milou when she was in Ghana. She fell in love with the country and supports the project completely. She helps TUMI Ghana with finding new partners and sponsors.

Juliette Janssen - Photographer

Juliette Janssen Editor/ Photographer

Driven by interest in other cultures, subcultures and backpacking, Juliette studied documentary photography. After this she became a translator English/Dutch. She works as an editor for a financial training centre in Rotterdam and because of her shared vision on development work, she supports TUMI Ghana with her expertise on languages and photography.

Harro Koevoets Graphic Designer

Because of his passion for brand identity design, Harro founded his own Design Studio, Limn. He firmly believes that that success in any objective, is gained by personal growth. TUMI Ghana provides students with necessary skills for them to become financially independent. Therefore, Harro feels a strong connection with TUMI Ghana.

DanielleAbout TUMI Ghana