The Kayayei Girls

It feels good to donate our old clothes to “charity”, but you may be causing more harm than good. Your donations can end up in places like Kantamanto market in Accra, Ghana – the biggest fashion recycling market in the world.

40% ends up as waste, dumped or burnt around the city or thrown into the sea. It’s all shifted from place to place by Kayayei – women and girls who carry up to 120 pounds of clothes on their heads for as little as 30 US cents per trip, doing untold damage to their spines.

This is the story of the Or Foundation which aims to treat up to five Kayayei girls and women each week with the help of an Accra-based chiropractor, and educate them about other less harmful employment opportunities.