Songa Designs International empowers a new generation of women in Rwanda by combining their traditional weaving skills with modern design, using abundant banana fibers to create useful baskets for the home. These all natural baskets can be used for storing fruit and vegetables, serving bread or organizing toys.
Size: Small 11.5"D x 5.5"T; Large 14"D x 6"T.
It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs International is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 150 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber or sisal plants.