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Handmade African Baskets

Together, we are Weaving Hope one basket at a time.

The Story Of Weaving Hope

burton + BURTON is partnering with Beacon Technologies to weave hope for children in Rwanda. Only about 13% of Rwandan children attend preschool and 50% have stunted growth due to malnutrition. The idea behind Weaving Hope is simple: fund new schools for Rwandan children with sales of beautiful handcrafted baskets made by local artisans in the small Rwandan village of Gitarama.

100% of the proceeds go directly to building schools that will nourish the minds and bodies of children–weaving hope for their future. This mission not only helps the children, but also offers opportunities for Rwandan women to earn a steady living and escape gender-based violence, inequality, and discrimination. These authentic, handmade African baskets arrive directly from a women’s cooperative in the village of Gitarama. Proceeds create meaningful jobs that provide for their families, moving them from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.

First School Completed

We are pleased to announce that the first school was completed in May 2019 through the dedication of the “building team” there were 600 baskets sold. We are committed to building a second school and continuing to raise funds with an additional round of unique baskets.

RWANDA WEAVING HOPE 12" ALEXIA BASKET
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RWANDA WEAVING HOPE 12" BASKET
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RWANDA WEAVING HOPE CONSTELLATION BASKET
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RWANDA WEAVING HOPE 7" STARBURST BASKET
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9.5" CUSTOM ALEXIA PATTERN TRIVET
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9.5" DIAMOND PATTERN TRIVET
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RWANDA WEAVING HOPE 7" BASKET WITH LID
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7" BLUE AND NATURAL WOVEN POT
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9" SISAL PEACE BASKET WITH LID
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11.5" TEARDROP BASKET WITH LID
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BANANA LEAF TRAY FROM RWANDA
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NESTED SET OF 3 BANANA LEAF TRAYS
Basket 4 Buy Now

Gallery

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First School Complete! First School Complete!
Rwadan Children Having Fun With Balloons! Dedication Plaque For The First School
Dedication Ceremony  Round # 2 Being Woven 

 

 

Our Team at Bumbogo Preschool

Maxine with Rene Kirwa (Bumbogo)

Bumbogo Preschool (prototype school)

Bumbogo Preschool students

Bumbogo Singers!

Maxine saying goodbye to the children (Bumbogo)

Maxine, John Craig and Rene (Nkuzuzu School)

Michael and Tracy Dirks (Nkuzuzu School)

Maxine observing Nkuzuzu classroom

Nkuzuzu children enjoying balloons!

Boys playing with balloons outside school (Nkuzuzu)

Teacher helping inflate balloons (Nkuzuzu)

Children going home after school (Nkuzuzu)

Hello from Kibagabaga Preschool!

Too cute! (Kibagabaga)

More cuteness in Kibagabaga!

Basket weaver in Gitarama

Beautiful colors and assortment of baskets!

Matriarch of the basket weavers in Gitarama

One of the many women weaving our baskets!