Researchers approached social impact using a behavior change model and explore individual and community-level impacts. Fourteen interviews occurred during our August 2017 site visit over a time of ten to twenty minutes each. Interviews were conducted in English or translated to English from Twi or Ga and were transcribed on-site by the researcher as the interview was occurring.Read More
- Workers without disabilities interact with other workers with disabilities in the workshop.
- Both men and women are employed at the workshop.
- The workshop equips women to be independent and assist in the family.
- Some workers without disabilities described modeling inclusion in their community as a result of learning about persons with disabilities in the workshop.
- The workshop promotes a unique style of leadership that emphasizes equality.
- Members of the community are seeing the activities of the workshop and becoming more aware that a workshop that emphasizes equality like this is possible.
Researchers approach wellness as a multi-dimensional construct, so we individually interviewed stakeholders in the workshop partnership about their occupational, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Eleven interviews occurred during our August 2017 site visit over a time of twenty to thirty minutes each. Interviews were conducted in English or translated to English from Twi or Ga and were transcribed on-site by the researcher as the interview was occurring.Read More
- Workers find fulfillment in the skilled and artistic nature of the sewing work
- The manager and workers report having fun during the workday and having some extra income for recreation or rest activities.
- Most workers have developed clear action plans toward evolving their work into an independent business in the next three years.
- Workers gain new and improved technical skills and find their crafts challenging.
- Workers are exposed to other skills outside of their specific jobs and express interest in learning and practicing these skills as well.
- Workers are limited to forty hours per week of work and have weekends free which allows them to rest and recover their energy.
- Workers describe an improved relationship with family members and lessened stress about meeting family member’s needs.
- The workshop fosters meaningful human connection and a shared purpose.
- Workers take pride in the unique tie-dye products they make and talk about them with friends and community members.
- The manager and several of the workers find purpose in sharing their knowledge and expertise with community members in-need.
- The pursuit of self-reliance is a source of purpose and meaning for workers, and some view being self-reliant as a social impact because it reduces their dependence on others.