International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women's Day we wanted to feature a selection of our incredibly talented women artisan groups in East Africa, who, without their skills and expertise we would not have any of our diverse basketry products. We are working with three social enterprises in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, that work to empower and develop the talents of women in the region, encouraging economic independance and business skills.


Our Rwandan artisan partner has an interesting background. They work with women co-operatives - a legally recognized form of association in Rwanda that was promoted by the government after the 1994 genocide. At that time, Rwanda’s population was 70% female and its economy was in shambles. Women were left to rebuild the country, yet most lacked formal education and struggled to gain access to international export markets. By conecting their fabulous creations with our customers, we help these women generate income to support themselves and their families. Our artisan partner provides them with training to build profitable and sustainable businesses for the future. These wonderful ladies make our brightly coloured baskets such as this Orange & Teal Plateau Basket.


We are proud to be the only company in the UK to be selling produts made by this incredible Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works in the post conflict refugee impacted tri-border between Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. They employ more than 300 rural East African women, and train them with business and weaving skills. These women from three countries work towards one common goal, which is to help build unity in a post-conflict region. The project was established by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and continues as a social enterprise that works to empower women and to provide fair trade incomes. These talented women hand weave natural 'ugwafu' grass to make our Tablemats and Trays. The importance of basket weaving has been revived in the area by enabling these women to pass on the tradition to their daughters as an income generating opportunity,