Maryanne Mathias is the owner of Osei-Duro Clothing and a 2010 ACE Student Entrepreneur British Columbia Champion. She is a full time MBA student at UBC.
Osei-Duro is a company dedicated to creating socially responsible and sustainable clothing. The company provides employment opportunities and job training to women in West Africa.
Her business uses two sewing co-operatives each employing 11 women to produce the clothing, which features hand-dyed traditional West African patterns cut in "modern silhouettes."
Click here to view a photo gallery of Osei-Duro's 2010 collection.
In the latest of a series of monthly podcasts with ACE honourees, Ms. Mathias spoke with Diane Jermyn about starting a "social enterprise" in Ghana. She also joined us for an online discussion .