Bags & Totes
Our Bags & Totes
Palm and Banana Fiber Bags
Cisy Matovu, age 55, began weaving 20 years ago. She has 9 children and hires other women to assist her in bag weaving. Making and selling her bags gives Cisy the money to put her 9 children through school and her business provides other ladies in Luwero Busika, Uganda the opportunity to also learn this skill and provide for their families as well. She is seen as a leader in her community and she influences and advises other young women.
Cisy’s team currently includes Christine Nabukenya, age 20, who has been weaving since age 10 and Judith Kyabasinga who is 45 years old and has 7 children.
Christina put herself through school with the income from the bags she made. This job currently allows her to live on her own, support herself and handle life issues as they arise without the help of a husband. She hopes to marry one day but can do so for love and companionship rather than for a need for income.
Judith has been weaving and making bags for 4 years. Because of this work she has social network of women and she is able to care for her children on her own since she does not have a husband. The income from bag making, has allowed Judith to develop a small pig farm for additional food and income for her family.
Our African Textiles
Sustainable Cotton Produce Bags
Agnes Oroma, a single mother of 3 beautiful boys from Gulu, Uganda, has experienced many disappointments in life but believes in God’s faithfulness and works hard. She currently works a full time and is a talented seamstress after hours to help pay for her son’s school fees.
In Uganda, the government doesn’t provide education, so parents must pay for their children from early childhood for education. Agnes is also currently the leading female marathon runner in Northern Uganda. Agnes has designed and makes all of our produce bags.
Our Paperbead Jewelry
Custom Paperbead Wildlife Bracelets
Our beautifully made wildlife bracelets are produced by the women at Bead for Life in Kampala, Uganda. This amazing organization hires and supports women that have been disadvantaged to learn the beautiful skill of making hand rolled and lacquered paper beads. Working with Bead for Life, gives these women hope, a hand up and income to help their families achieve a better life. Many of the women go on to start their own businesses as a result of their training with Bead for Life and Street Business School.
We do not set our maker’s pricing ; we work with them to determine prices that allow them to grow sustainably and earn a reliable income based on local expenses and cost of living. Helping them understand the importance of quality, reliability and how to run their business is an important part of how we assist.