This May, Homesense and TK Maxx shoppers can bring home beautiful baskets, hand woven in Uganda – and directly benefit the producers’ families. Homesense and TK Maxx will again be stocking a stunning range of hand-made baskets from Uganda, that not only look good but will help customers do good too.
Produced by the Rwenzori Trading Company, Uganda, income from the baskets goes directly to the artisans to help pay for their children’s education. The money received from the sale of two baskets is equivalent of a term’s schooling for a child in Uganda.
The beautifully designed baskets are made using traditional weaving techniques, every one with its own unique patterns and colour schemes. Each basket is signed by the person that made it, creating a direct link between maker and shopper.
The extra income has also helped empower the women who weave the baskets, bringing greater equality in the home and a greater say in how the money is spent and their children’s education.
Since 2011, some 6,000 families have benefited from improved income as a result of the project, with a 40% increase in children completing primary school education.
For a limited time only, the unique items are available to purchase at Homesense and TK Maxx, as well as online at TK Maxx. Prices start at £2.99.
Jo Murphy, Head of AVP Corporate Responsibility at TJX Europe, commented:
“At Homesense and TK Maxx we’re determined to improve outcomes for children in local communities around the world so that everyone can achieve their potential. These baskets not only add a touch of style to your home, but they have a real impact on local families in Uganda.”
In May, Homesense and TK Maxx has its annual special delivery of baskets from Uganda, these are available in stores and online (UK only) now, for a limited time only.