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Kyorimpa’s Story of Hope in Uganda

by | Artisans, Stories of Hope

Kyorimpa, Batwa Artisan in Uganda

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.

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1 Comment

  1. Rachel

    It is inspiring to hear the story first hand how a company has changed the employees life for the better. He struggle to overcome has been given and grace has been granted by the opportunity of the partnership with Trades of Hope. Wow!


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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.