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.
Banana stalk and raffia are native to the village of Nsamya. Namirembe Milly helps to collect these natural resources and weaves them into colorful baskets such as this. At 34 years old, she is one of the most experienced weavers at Uganda Crafts and helps train the other makers in the group. She is grateful to be working with Ten Thousand Villages saying, "Through weaving, I have been able to support myself and my family."
HANDCRAFTED IN UGANDA
Uganda Crafts markets crafts for artisans and provides training in quality control, design and marketing. The organization also owns a retail store that provides employment for people with physical disabilities. One of the missions of Uganda Crafts is to provide hope to disabled people, youth and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. In addition to training, employees receive health benefits, emergency loans and transportation. Uganda Crafts employs approximately 300 artisans in five workshops or cooperatives, 85 percent of them women. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Uganda Crafts since 1995.