Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Baskets of Hope

Hello! Here is the Basket of Hope! I think it would be awesome as a decorative planter, or indoors as a catchall, or just to sit there and look pretty! What do you think?

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Baskets of Hope from Lodwar, Kenya

In the northwestern section of Kenya, there is often a lack of opportunity and certainly a shortage of hope. The arid, desert area has been drought-riden since 1982. It is a very harsh life for the Turkana people who inhabit the area. The women in the area make these beautiful baskets, but it is not a tourist area so they are usually forced to sell them for pennies to middlemen from the capital city. Gifts on a Mission is attempting to give these women and their families a chance to sell their baskets at fair prices and on a regular basis. It's a small glimmer of hope, hence the name, Baskets of Hope. But this is not an easy project. The villages are remote and getting the baskets gathered together and then 24 hours away to Nairobi is still a task we are figuring out.

18in tall and 18in diameter


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