Felicia Asentsiwah is the YEVU Production Manager, in charge of managing the YEVU workshop and studio in Accra, Ghana. She is a trained seamstress from Bonwire, a village in the Asante Region of Ghana. She has been working for YEVU since it started in 2013 and now provides on the job training to many of the newer seamstresses and tailors. She has a husband and two young children and hopes to go to fashion school in Ghana in order to become a manager or designer. She would like to further her skills in pattern making and computing.
Julia Darko is the 'Aunty' of the YEVU workshop. She assists in monitoring the production and quality of each garment and supports the makers in their day to day needs. In her spare time she uses the offcuts of YEVU fabrics to make large tapestries that are used to fit out the YEVU pop up stores. She is a full time carer to her elderly mother.
Moses Kwesi Pentil is from Akuapim, a village in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Before he started to work for YEVU he was making 300 Ghana Cedi per month, but it was very inconsistent. He loves being a tailor, and hopes to further his training in sewing so he can produce the latest designs and extend his business. He loves reggae and listens to it while he makes the YEVU Shorts and Trackpants.
Filomena Darko is a single mother from Tema, Accra. She started working for YEVU initially sewing the labels on each garment, but after acquiring the skills from other makers in the YEVU workshop, she is now responsible for the Tote Bags, Surf Hats and Aprons. Filo has a daughter Angie and the majority of the income she makes goes towards school fees. She is a joy to work with.
Evelyn Dadzie is a seamstress from the Eastern Region of Ghana. She has been a seamstress for eight years, and when she is not working she attends adult literacy classes. She would like to learn how to make beaded handcrafts in the future. She makes all the Women's Jumpsuits for YEVU.
Stephen Z. Mensa is from Accra, Ghana. He has been working as a tailor for fifteen years and is supporting two children. He hopes to gain more training in tailoring and one day own his own boutique. He makes the Mens Jackets for YEVU.
Hope is a tailor from Togo, and he brought his family to Ghana in order to find work. He is one the best dressed men in Accra, with an impeccable eye for tailoring. He is responsible for making the Women's Wide Leg Pants, Flares and Jackets.
Josephine is a seamstress from Ada in the Volta Region of Ghana. She is a single mother and is the sole provider for her daughter. She hopes to start her own fashion business with the money she has made working with YEVU. She is responsible for making the Wrap Dresses.
Vivian Dagba is a seamstress from the Volta Region of Ghana. When she is not working for YEVU she makes between 500 GHC and 800 GHC per month depending on the contracts. Her husband is a cook and they have two children. She hopes to go back to school to get a degree in languages including French, English and Spanish. She makes the YEVU Shift Dresses and Quilted Bags.
Edinam Hoya is from the Volta Region of Ghana. She has been a seamstress for three years and in the past has had trouble making ends meet on the income that she usually makes as the work is not consistent. However Edinam is saving in order to run her own fashion label in Ghana. She makes the YEVU Women's Tops.
Gifty Darko is from the Volta Region of Ghana. She is a micro enterprise owner in Accra, selling provisions and locally made to measure clothing. Since 2013, YEVU has partnered with Gifty, contracting and building upon the workshop she owns and collectively recruiting and managing micro producers who are in need of work. As a female business owner in Ghana, she has little access to capital and resources to scale her business, but through partnering with YEVU she has gained managerial experience, computing skills and has grown her business with the extra income.