Kitty Visits Africa on Learning Tour

Above: Kitty uses a technique of wrapping raffia around banana stem to form a traditional pattern of colors that make up a basket.

“We are sitting under the jack fruit trees on a gorgeous Ugandan day. Lots of children are playing around and neighbors who were interested in the Americans have come to visit and ask questions.”

About five weeks ago in March, Kitty visited Kenya and Uganda on a 3-week Learning Tour to meet the artisans who supply our crafts. Each year Ten Thousand Villages U.S. organizes two Learning Tours for staff, volunteer, and board members to walk and talk with the people whose crafts we sell here in North America. The first-hand witness of the impact of fair trade on these artisans both re-energizes our mission and strengthens bonds. More stories to be posted in the near future.

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(Video courtesy of Kitty’s friend from the tour.)