Ngamba Island Basket

$26.00

SKU: S- 131909

Use this traditional, round, handwoven basket to decorate, serve, or gift! Each basket was handmade by women artisans trained by the Chimpanzee Trust in order to bring secure economic development to this remote island in Uganda. Groups of women are trained to make crafts out of local materials. The sales from these crafts, including baskets, are marketed and sold at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. This organization is one of the only sources of employment for the women of Ngamba. These beautiful baskets help the women who are basically cut off from many resources with a sustainable job, which in turn helps support the community.

  • Made of sisal threads from palm tree leaves & millet plant stems
  • Approximately 2" H x 12.5" diameter (5.1 x 31.8 cm)
  • Handmade in & fairly traded from Uganda

Due to the hand-crafted nature, each item is unique and colors may vary.

Founded in 1998, The Chimpanzee Trust has become a leading organization in the areas of chimpanzee-focused environmental conservation, excellence in the care & welfare of rescued chimpanzees, increased public awareness of broader conservation issues with the chimpanzee as a key flagship species, and engagement with communities living alongside chimpanzee populations.

In 2007, Chimpanzee Trust expanded their work to support communities of private forest owners living alongside wild chimpanzees, so they could begin to benefit from their proximity and as a result, value the chimpanzee’s existence in their forests. We now have active field projects in the Hoima, Kibale, Masindi and Buliisa districts of the Albertine Rift in Western Uganda.

One of the objectives is Community Development. They facilitate approaches to alternative sources of income for forest owners and women. They include beekeeping, handcraft making, poultry and piggery, as well as establishment, training and exposure of frontline forest communities in vegetable growing and tree nursery establishment and management.

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