Kyorimpa’s Story of Hope in Uganda – (Read Time 1 min.)
Empowering Women Through Art
“I learned my Artisans skills from the women in my community by visiting different Artisans when they were weaving. I was passionate about learning and kept a practicing, even when I was alone!
For each basket, I go to the bush to find papyrus and extract the fibers to dry in the sun. Then I look for other local plants and herbs according to the colors I want. After dying the fibers, I start weaving my basket. Weaving is my favorite part of my work. It takes me three days to finish a medium basket. If it’s a small ornament, I weave two or three baskets!
Mom Empowering Her Family
I earn income from my work, save it, and at the end of the year, I have enough to achieve my goals! I have ten children and four grandchildren. I want to be able to educate my children. Now I can buy scholastic materials for my children that I could not buy before.
New Life of Hope
Without my work, I would be living a hopeless life, but now I ‘ve been able to achieve many things! I’ve been able to earn enough money to buy a small piece of land and three goats! I’ve been able to take care of my children and even to buy iron sheets to roof my house! I want to work hard so I can buy ten more goats!” – Kyorimpa
“I now have a testimony in my community, because all the people knew how I was – and the life I was living before – and how it has changed!”
– Kyorimpa, Batwa Artisan in Uganda
Every purchase of our handwoven baskets made by the Batwa tribe of Uganda supports families in Kyorimpa’s local community.