"BIAKOYE" means UNITY.
BIAKOYE is a Women's entrepreneurship project belonging to the Obrapaa Group based in Accra, Ghana. BIAKOYE is supported by various international stakeholders including Canadian NGO Crossroads International, Pro-Link Ghana and Wild Moon Jewelry.
The Obrapaa Group are fifteen women, aged 18 - 35 who live in Agbobloshie, an area known internationally for being the largest e-waste site in the world. They are peer educators who encourage others in their community to get HIV/Aids testing and STI screening, as well as condom distributors with Pro-Link Ghana. They work collectively on creative arts projects and they specialize in traditional African beaded jewelry and accessories using recycled glass beads made sustainably and locally in Ghana.
Their mission is to use collective action to facilitate economic self-sufficiency and to financially empower women through beaded jewelry and art. 100% of proceeds from sales of the BIAKOYE collection go directly towards the Obrapaa Women's Group income.
< On the left, Asma wears the handmade ASMA choker. Made from recycled, locally sourced beads in Accra, Ghana. Photo by Sierra Nallo.