Baskets from Rwanda: Caramel Twist with Lid

by: Azizi Life

Category: Baskets

Hand-Woven from Natural Sisal Fibers

These colorful woven baskets are stackable for multi-use. The unique caramel color is created when naturally white sisal fibers are steeped in Rwandan tea leaves. After coloration, the sisal fibers are wound around locally-gathered forest grasses until the twist pattern is formed. They can be used anywhere in the house--from the kitchen to the bathroom! More than just a festive piece, these baskets represent hope for artists living in rural Rwanda. Pick up your fair trade caramel twist basket today!  

The Story Behind the Product: The Abibumbye Co-Op

The women of the Abibumbye Cooperative do not consider themselves merely co-workers, or even friends. They consider themselves a family that helps each other grow and flourish, working together to overcome poverty. One of their few requirements for joining the group is a willingness to teach and share their skills with other cooperative members. The women pride themselves on the diversity of their talents and their ability to come together as one group to perfect their crafts. The cooperative has been working together in Muhanga District since 2008 and has over 20 members. The women of Abibumbye Cooperative primarily craft coin purses, ornamental balls, woven bowls and the Caramel Twist Pot, though the members of the group are also skilled in beading and crochet. This “family” has many aspirations, mainly to become a larger cooperative with their own workshop and marketplace. With a larger cooperative, they would have more resources to create associations with more diverse purposes, like cultivating and farming.

"We hope to gain income that will help us to maintain better lives and say goodbye to poverty forever." -Abibumbye Cooperative. 

Product Details

Dimensions and Qualities
  • Baskets are hand-woven from natural sisal fibers
  • Each one takes multiple days to make
  • Dimensions: 4" high; 7.5" wide
  • Care: wipe with damp cloth
Origins and Guarantee
  • Made in Rwanda
  • Created by artisans via Azizi Life
  • Ships from the U.S.
  • 100% money back guarantee, for up to 90 days

Fair Trade Product Features

An artisan in the Abibumbye Cooperative weaves for multiple days to create one basket.

Allows dignity to return in the lives of those who were previously unable to provide for their families.

Supports jobs for 20 women in Rwanda!

Allows these women to make enough money for health insurance and school fees for their children. 

Part of the Jesus' Economy shopping model, benefiting developing world communities.

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