MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
Akwaaba translate to "welcome" in Twi one of the primary languages spoken in Ghana.
Akwaaba Community Collective is founded on the idea of welcoming the color, creativity & culture of Ghana to Vermont.
Owner Anna Rowland is passionate about travel, and gains much of her inspiration for jewelry design from the places she visits. Specifically, Ghana where she saw glass bottles being repurposed to create colorful beads. While in Ghana she was inspired by the beautiful culture and people
Business & life partner to Anna, Jeffrey Sarpong who is originally from Ghana assists in hand selecting items from markets and talking with local Ghanians to ensure they purchase the highest quality products. Together Anna & Jeffrey bring the colors, creativity & culture of Ghana to Vermont.
Jeffrey, Anna, Niina & Sharon
Jeffrey is currently a Licensed Nurse Assistant and is taking classes to pressure his Associates degree to then go on to nursing school. Jeffrey was inspired by his Grandmothers & Mothers background in healthcare.
Anna graduated from the Community College of Vermont in the Spring of 2022 with a Liberal Arts degree and a Specialization in Global Studies. She is now enrolled at the University of Vermont where she plans to get her Bachelors degree in Community Entrepreneurship through the Collage of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Niina is currently a Junior at the University of Vermont studying Health Sciences. She is interested in working in Healthcare Managment in the future.
Sharon graduated from Montpelier High School in the Spring of 2021. Sharon will follow in the footsteps of her Grandmother, Mother & Brother (Jeffrey) by working in Healthcare. She plans to go to school to become a dental hygienist