Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.
The treasured skill of basket weaving finds new life with modern designs such as these. In Uganda, colorful baskets are traditionally given as gifts for holidays and special events. Fill these baskets with fruit for a decorative centerpiece, or keep it by the door as a cheerfully colored catch-all for keys and loose change. Or simply hang it as wall art to incorporate a pop of color and global flair, displaying the handcrafted detail for all to see.
HANDCRAFTED IN UGANDA
NAWOU, the National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda, works with more than 80 independent women's groups located throughout Uganda. In addition to health care, social welfare, lobbying and advocacy, microfinance and education programs, NAWOU runs a handicraft program. All crafts are based on traditional skills and products; natural dyes are also used. NAWOU helps with local and export marketing of the handicrafts. Through NAWOU, artisans receive loans, training, counseling, links to aid agencies and assistance with medication. NAWOU encourages microlending with the urban poor in Kampala. NAWOU does public education on HIV/AIDS, a significant problem in Uganda. Many of the women producing baskets for NAWOU are infected with HIV/AIDS, and income from basket weaving provides a lifeline of support for them. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from NAWOU since 1994.