Category Archives: My Social Projects

Philanthropy

The Open Air Stock Exchange (what we’ve been up to lately)

2015 has been a very successful year for the Open air stock exchange – Accra’s very first Eco market.

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The Open Air Stock Exchange is an exciting “pop up market” featuring local handmade, organic, and other eco friendly products. We used to have this event only on the first Saturday of every month but this year we added a second regular market in airport residential area.

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You can find the airport market at the African Butterfly near GIZ (down the street from Koala and D deli) on the second Saturday of every month.

Last month we had chilled beers, chicken wings, veggie burgers, and fries..

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And we look forward to adding more to our menu 🙂

Look out for our next event – a special event – the North Dzorwulu Christmas Night Market coming up on the 28th of November. Residents in and around Dzorwulu,  Legon,  Airport, Abelemkpe, Achimota can make this easy trip out to stock up on Christmas goodies, gifts and beautiful handmade ornaments. Enjoy food from our grill and sampling the different beverages and cocktails all night long. The event will be happening at Oxygen pub near the Fiesta Royale hotel in North Dzorwulu. Mark your calendars for 28th November at 4pm, come out let’s have a party! ❤one love❤

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The Open Air Stock Exchange – February 2015

Growing up,  I always wanted to be a philanthropist. I wanted to help the sick, the poor, the less fortunate. Even through the music I make, I hope to touch and to provide  healing energy. The growing pains definitely came.  Idealistic thoughts eventually gave way to more realistic ones after I experienced some disappointments and setbacks but I have always remained determined to do my best and to give back to this world as much as I can.

As an Eco friendly artisan, I understand the challenges faced by people just like me in the (still developing) Ghanaian economy. I wanted to be of assistance to small businesses and innovators who had talent but who needed exposure, education, and inspiration. This motivated me to start “The Open Air Stock Exchange” – an eco friendly cultural market that provides a platform for artisans and eco friendly innovators to showcase our talent to the rest of the world.

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I set up the “Eco club” in 2011, made up of environmentally friendly businesses, artists, artisans and handcrafters, and now, 4 years later, we have a strong following made up not only of Ghanaians, but also of people in Ghana who come from all over the world.

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The event itself is held on the first Saturday of every month at the Goethe Institut – German Cultural Centre in Accra. This fantastic location gave us the bridge we needed to reach Germans in Ghana, and eventually other nationals wishing to fuel their Eco friendly lifestyle.

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At the open air stock exchange you will find handmade products,  organic soaps and body products, organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and juices, solar products, local clothing companies, beads and accessories, and if you are lucky, a clearance or jumble sale.

Here are some of M.Y (Madame Yasmeen’s) organic and natural soaps and personal care products:

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And here I am with some of my beloved vendors and friends:

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Fulera makes beautiful handmade accessories
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Georgina - Books and home decor
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The beautiful Anne Sackey having a T - shirt clearance sale
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Abdul Karim - Artisan and crafter
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Akila - handmade bead bags

I am so grateful to everyone who believed in my dream and who share the vision of a brighter future for Artisans and innovative entrepreneurs in Ghana. Thanks of course to the Goethe Institut for sponsoring the venue and being of great help to us. If you are in Accra we hope to see you at the next market! First Saturday in March!

One love ♡