Pink Orange Green Banana Fiber Mary Basket

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This item is exclusively handcrafted by Mary, the oldest (74 years) and most honored member of our initiative of impoverished Ugandan widows. Her specialty is weaving using only banana fiber leaves found on her modest property. Her baskets have many uses: napkins on your dining room table, outgoing mail at the front door or simply a place for keys and wallet or your jewelry next to your sink.

No longer feeling like a burden to her son who has supported her for many years, Mary is distinguishing herself as a team leader. As her basket-weaving and leadership skills emerge and her income increases, Mary is realizing her life is about to change. She is a superb example of the benefits of our partner initiative the Namugongo Good Samaritan Project (NGSP)*.

Pictured is Linda Schutter, founder of Circle of Hands Uganda, with Mary while receiving a handwoven gift from Mary. The next picture shows Mary's house on the left and kitchen on the right.

Circle of Hands Uganda believes in the importance of global partnerships for the benefit of marginalized people. Since 2010 we’ve partnered with a Ugandan initiative, the Namugongo Good Samaritan Project, to support their services to Ugandan women, affected by HIV/AIDS, including: health education, counseling, business and trade skill training.

Our mission is to empower women affected by Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis as they become entrepreneurs, role models and leaders in their communities.

We are these ladies’ sole U.S. representative of their handcrafted, sustainable products and are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation.

Through your purchase YOU become a vital part in the transformation and success of 200+ women in Uganda.

*Due to the handmade nature of our products, slight variations will occur.
 

Details

This Banana Fiber Basket measures 11" across by 4" tall. As banana leaves die off, Mary Nanyonga separates each dried leaf into strips and weaves them around the stick-like fiber found in the center of the leaf.

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