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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Nyaka Grandmothers

Many of us enjoy crafting as a hobby, or a source of a little extra income, a few make it a full time job. For many of us it is a cosy and fun little world which provides a little distraction.

A little while ago I came across an Etsy shop offering something a little different, baskets made by grandmothers in Uganda who use the vital income generated to care for their grandchildren, left orphans by the AIDS virus.

These children are extremely vulnerable to poverty, and the Nyaka project offers educationfor the children as well as income generation schemes for the grandmothers, their carers.

If you want to get involved you can buy one of their fabulous baskets in their Etsy shop, NyakaGrandmotherShop or how about hosting a basket party? They'll send you everything you need, here's what they say on their website:
"When you host a Basket Party, you become part of a growing circle of people who are helping impoverished Ugandan women rise out of poverty. By partnering with Ugandan women a world away, you are truly helping them achieve a better future. On behalf of the Ugandan Grandmothers and orphans living in extreme poverty, thank you for taking action!"

To find out more, visit the Nyaka Project website, or their Facebook page.


  1. Thank you for sharing the story of our Grandmothers with your readers. We are excited to see that you were touched by their story. We continue to advocate for them every day. Thank you for joining us in our mission to combat poverty in southwest Uganda.

  2. Thank you for advocating on behalf of our grannies! They take care of so many orphans (sometimes 7-14 at a time!) and they are SO grateful for this earned income opportunity. Webale Nyo!

  3. You are very welcome! I wish the grandmothers the best of luck :-)