The Redemption Song Foundation started two artisan co-ops benefitting the impoverished communities surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. One co-op serves Karehe village, home to 11 families of Batwa "pygmies", an indigenous people who were evicted from their forest where they lived from time immemorial as hunter-gatherers when Bwindi Natl Park was established in 1991. Another includes non-Batwa women in Buhoma, Nkwenda and Rugando villages.
Visit the Artisan Photo Gallery on the RSF Facebook page (or our Storefront which is being constructed and does not have all the products yet)! Here are a handful of the products.
ALL proceeds from artisan sales are pooled & the basket weaving artisans will decide how to spend it, with the caveat the money goes to better the community. In Karehe, we are discussing "kits" for each family that will have some basic supplies they cant afford, like basins for washing, new plates and cups and utensils, towels for drying off, or drilling a well or connecting the community's water supply closer so they don't have to get their water from a river that people urinate and defecate and wash in. The village will decide! That is the core of the Redemption Song Foundation philosophy! Comment on the item you want to order, plus message me here your shipping address so I can estimate shipping (US addresses only, or Uganda addresses).