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  • Jennifer Biswas
  • store update

handwoven baskets from Tanzania

I am so excited for the newest addition to the Paisley + Sparrow shop! We are introducing a huge selection of hand woven baskets from an amazing group of women in Tanzania. We are starting with 20 baskets and adding more throughout the upcoming months. Each basket is unique and there is only one of each so if you find one you love don't wait to make it yours!

These basket are truly very environmental friendly products. They are hand made from wild grasses that are collected and dried up under the sun. This process takes a week or more depending on if there is no rain. The grass is then wrapped in locally sourced reeds the women hand dye and form into baskets. These baskets are extremely durable and well made.

These baskets are made by a group of women from the Kangabusharo Village who work together to create the baskets. Many of these women are widows and they also work together to care for orphaned children from their village. These women only have 2 sources of income - basket weaving and goats (used for offspring and milk). Short of selling baskets women have no means of even making an average World Bank Estimate of $1 a day. But when they sell their baskets the impact is enormous not only to the families of which they are the only bread winners but to the entire community.

{the basket weavers in Tanzania}

Because of their location, these women have very limited options to sell their baskets which is where Paisley + Sparrow comes along! We will be collaborating with these women through a local NGO called COSAD, who aims to help create sustainable income for these women through basket sales. COSAD strives to build partnerships that create community development through the support of projects involving micro-enterprise, health, education and culture. Their vision is empowering Tanzanians to get out of poverty, one community at a time.

 

I am so blessed to be part of this amazing opportunity to work with these extremely talented women and love how God has orchestrated the entire thing! I hope you love the baskets as much as me! You can check them out here!

  • Jennifer Biswas
  • store update

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