R&M YARNS
8510 Highway 60, Georgetown, TN 37336

423.961.0690

Bringing you Quality Yarns since 1978!

Tuesday~Friday 10am to 5:30pm

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AFRICAN MARKET BASKETS

R&M Yarns is proud to offer another quality product and support the people of Ghana through the Fair Trade Association.  



More details about the African Market Baskets....

Bolgatanga is the largest town in the Upper East region of Ghana and very close to the edge of the Sahara Desert. The sun roasts the villages of northern Ghana year round, except during the 2-3 months of rainy season when it rains, rains, rains. The people living there are traditionally farmers and herdsman, but with its variable climate farming is very difficult. Local women supplement the family income by weaving the baskets we refer to as Bolga baskets which are hand-woven using locally-grown straw.

Basket weaving has helped bring much needed income to the villages surrounding Bolgatanga. The traditional skill which has been handed down from generation to generation provides employment to approximately 10,000 people, mostly women. An average of two baskets a week can be woven by a woman who also has household chores, firewood collection, water collection, washing and the care of her children to tend to each day.

Our supplier has been importing baskets from Africa for 25 years. For the past 12 years, they have been working directly with artisans in Bolgatanga and are helping support over 1,000 weavers and their families.

Our supplier visits Africa regularly to meet with the weavers and holds town hall meetings where they solicit feedback and listen to concerns and needs.  They work with each weaving group to ensure that products are being made to the highest quality and design standards. 

Our supplier believes strongly in the concept of Fair Trade.  By working to Fair Trade standards, they make sure that the weavers are happy with conditions and wages. Strong bonds have been formed as they have worked with many of the same people for over a decade.


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