Manufacturing business from Ghana makes its way to Europe

Linda Yaa Ampah’s mission is clear: she wants to empower women through training and job creation.

Linda is the Managing director and co-founder of KAD Manufacturing, a Ghanaian company dedicated to producing apparel and pet toys.

Linda started off her entrepreneurial journey with a made-to-measure tailoring business, then it shifted to ready-to-wear business before it became an apparel and pet clothing manufacturing company in 2012.

“One night, we walked around Accra, that was when we saw young women sleeping in front of some shops. We talked to them with a counsellor and offered them the opportunity to learn the skills that would get them a job in our factory,” remembers the young Ghanaian manager.

Within 10 years, her business has grown into a medium-sized business prepared to attract international buyers. The business obtained the environmental and social compliance standards Sedex (SMETA) certificate and is working towards ISO certification. Through certification, Linda wants to improve her export competitiveness.