One of the many places my group and I had the chance to visit in Ghana was TK beads. This local business, which employed 21 full-time employees, produced some of the most extraordinary beads. The first step into making these beads included collecting recycled glass ranging from used beer bottles, wine bottles to or any type of glass bottles. The next step consisted of crushing the glass without the help of any machinery, adding colors, and molding them in a high intensive self-made oven, which was powered by firewood. The finished products portrayed not only the hard work of the workers but also an unparalleled craftsmanship by the workers who manually created and threaded this jewelry.
We had the opportunity to tour the facility with the help of one of their employees explaining the processes. As a person growing up in a developed nation, I could observe the hard labor and unsafe work environment. Crushing the glass without any machinery and protective gears such as gloves and safety goggles posed a great threat to the physical health of the employees. However, though the working environment was unsafe, this facility played an important role, to an extent, for the local community. The men and women working around the facility were some of the nicest people to interact with. The facility and its worker represented what a communal interaction looked like because solidarity among the group can only be described as a family-oriented environment.