CRAFTED BY BURUNDIAN REFUGEE ARTISANS

IN RWANDA

The basket collection is made by Burundian refugees at the Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda, supported by Indego Africa. The artisans employ a Rwandan weaving technique, using needle and thread to wrap hand-dyed strands of sisal around bunches of sweet grass to create tightly-coiled, durable baskets. With vocational and business training from Indego Africa, the refugee women are now handcrafting high-quality woven products and securing long-term economic benefits, which will help them endure their time in the refugee camp and prepare for their eventual return home.

ABOUT THE REFUGEE ARTISANS

Camp/ Country
Original of refugees

Mahama / Rwanda
Burundi

REFUGEE-MADE PRODUCT LINE

Products
Material
Techniques

Basketry
Sisal, Cotton Thread, Raffia
Traditional Rwandan Weaving

SUPPORTING LOCAL ENTERPRISE

Name of organization
Export to
Shipping from
Certifications
Contact person
Contact e-mail
Website

Indego Africa
USA, UK, Canada, Japan, EU, UAE
Kigali to New York via Air / Courier
N/A
Deirdre King
[email protected]
indegoafrica.org

Scaling up potential with market demand

56,206

Total refugee population in the camp

100

Refugee artisans currently crafting product

4,400

Potential for additional refugee artisans with increased market demand