TradeAID Integrated was formed in 2000 at the initiative of Apokerah Nicholas following the findings of his an undergraduate
project work on the topic “The role of Ghana’s National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) on the output levels of
straw basket weavers in Bolgatanga District. The research revealed the following three (3) findings;
1.That straw basket weaving (Bolga Baskets) was a major source of livelihood for the people of Bolgatanga District.
2.That NBSSI and its affiliate bodies were not giving much support to the sector and contributed little to output.
3.Baskets weavers were earning less than 20% of the final retail price of straw baskets.
These findings inspired Nicholas to work with his colleagues then undergraduates from the University of Cape Coast to form
TradeAID Integrated to introduce fair trade as an alternative trading to the basket weavers of Bolgatanga and to explore
ways of building the capacities of these weavers so as to enable them make a living from their work.
TradeAID Integrated has since move on to provide holistic enterprise development support to its constituents.
To assist in the provision of market access to small scale producers, in agricultural and craft sectors.
To assist in the provision financial services to agricultural and craft producers as well as women entrepreneurs.
Join in the campaign for fair trade and economic justice in any part of the world.
To engage in the capacity building of entrepreneurs and producers groups and associations so as to improve their operational efficiency.
Conduct research, disseminate information and advocate on such areas critical to the development of the agricultural
and the small scale sector in Ghana.