Welcome to our Handcrafts Shop!
These handcrafts are lovingly made by the women and men in Muko Sub County, Uganda. They are part of ACT’s Muko Empowerment Program. The handcrafters bring their crafts to our center, get paid a fair wage for each handcraft and have the opportunity to stay and receive further training at the center. Know that when you purchase a handcraft, you are helping each person send their children to school.
Shop all products or scroll down for specific product categories. As you look through all the items, remember these are one-of-a-kind items and colors may vary!
Soon we will have a section featuring all our handcrafters with their photos and stories!
***In order to receive handcrafts by Christmas, please submit your order by December 10th, 2019**
Hundreds of years of design go into these woven items. Each takes anywhere from 2-3 days to a full week to make. The women begin by going down to Lake Bunyonyi to cut papyrus, strip it, coil it and begin to weave their beautiful and functional wares using a simple iron nail instrument. Whether you need a basket, tray, or bowl for yourself or want to give one to a friend, know that you will likely be providing tuition for a woman’s child through your purchase.
All our beautiful sewn items use fabric from Uganda. Many of our items are sewn by the women in our MEP Program. Some items are sewn by volunteers in the US. The sewing volunteers in the US also create videos of the patterns and the items being sewn which is uploaded to a cloud-based storage so that the women in Uganda can view them to learn the new patterns.
Our MEP women make beautiful jewelry out of paper beads. They being by rolling the paper like a crescent roll, shellacking the individual beads, and then stringing them into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. In between they use seed beads to accentuate the colors.