Morgan Kret

Nationality: United States of America
Organization Name: Yesisa
Impact Region: Northern America
About the Social Business: Yesisa is a lifestyle brand that empowers you to connect deeper with what you buy. We advocate for the interconnectedness of humanity by promoting the art form, traditions, the people, and the stories behind our unique clothes, accessories, and housewares. It empowers artisans and adds value for small businesses in Ghana and throughout West Africa through direct trade, offering skills training, and providing sustainable jobs.
About the Y&Y Fellow: Morgan Kret is the Founder of Yesisa and an education and international development professional from Washington D.C. Her career took her to Ghana in 2013 after completing her Masters’ degree in Education from American University. Throughout five years of working in education sector reform, teacher training, and gender equality with organizations like the Varkey Foundation in Ghana, she saw that improved access to school and learning was not enough to prepare kids for the workforce. Simultaneously, her love of contemporary, Ghanaian fashion led her to work with tailors and metalsmiths to discover new ways of incorporating West African design into her daily style. Yesisa evolved out of these passions as a way to promote West African art forms and give work as a solution to building the bridge between education and sustainable employment. Morgan is lucky to have grown up within a creative family who influenced her love for art and culture from a young age. With both parents as artists who encouraged experimentation, Morgan took up mediums such as photography, drawing, and sewing. Her main influences are her Father’s Polish immigrant heritage that led him to create large, geometric paintings and sculptures reminiscent of his life in Detroit working in the trades. Her Mother’s photography and drawings of summers spent in Jamaica and their family’s long heritage on the Island influence Morgan’s tropical enthusiasm for color and vibrant living. Therefore, Yesisa is very much a marriage of Morgan’s ability to create beauty and discover opportunity in unconventional places, as well as her commitment to working for social justice. That is why the original designs are hand-made in a sustainable manner, for which fair wages are paid. Yesisa gives customers access to unique accessories that can't be found anywhere else. When she is not working on Yesisa, Morgan is based in Washington D.C. and consults for the Global Partnership for Education on improving education policy and systems throughout the world.

Morgan Kret

Nationality: United States of America
Organization Name: Yesisa
Impact Region: Northern America
About the Social Business: Yesisa is a lifestyle brand that empowers you to connect deeper with what you buy. We advocate for the interconnectedness of humanity by promoting the art form, traditions, the people, and the stories behind our unique clothes, accessories, and housewares. It empowers artisans and adds value for small businesses in Ghana and throughout West Africa through direct trade, offering skills training, and providing sustainable jobs.
About the Y&Y Fellow: Morgan Kret is the Founder of Yesisa and an education and international development professional from Washington D.C. Her career took her to Ghana in 2013 after completing her Masters’ degree in Education from American University. Throughout five years of working in education sector reform, teacher training, and gender equality with organizations like the Varkey Foundation in Ghana, she saw that improved access to school and learning was not enough to prepare kids for the workforce. Simultaneously, her love of contemporary, Ghanaian fashion led her to work with tailors and metalsmiths to discover new ways of incorporating West African design into her daily style. Yesisa evolved out of these passions as a way to promote West African art forms and give work as a solution to building the bridge between education and sustainable employment. Morgan is lucky to have grown up within a creative family who influenced her love for art and culture from a young age. With both parents as artists who encouraged experimentation, Morgan took up mediums such as photography, drawing, and sewing. Her main influences are her Father’s Polish immigrant heritage that led him to create large, geometric paintings and sculptures reminiscent of his life in Detroit working in the trades. Her Mother’s photography and drawings of summers spent in Jamaica and their family’s long heritage on the Island influence Morgan’s tropical enthusiasm for color and vibrant living. Therefore, Yesisa is very much a marriage of Morgan’s ability to create beauty and discover opportunity in unconventional places, as well as her commitment to working for social justice. That is why the original designs are hand-made in a sustainable manner, for which fair wages are paid. Yesisa gives customers access to unique accessories that can't be found anywhere else. When she is not working on Yesisa, Morgan is based in Washington D.C. and consults for the Global Partnership for Education on improving education policy and systems throughout the world.