Agaseke Ebony

Agaseke Ebony

£24.99 £14.99

Agaseke is what they are called in Rwanda. The baskets are symbolic in the Rwandese culture where they are given as a sign of sisterhood and secrecy between friends. At weddings they symbolise a love that is between the visitor and host. This neatly woven basket which can be made in any size, was also used to preserve food. Today Agaseke  is widely viewed as a decoration tool and a source of income for many women and girls in Rwanda. The changes notwithstanding, Agaseke was and still is the heart of  the Rwandan culture.

Our mission is to support these women and girls in Rwanda escape poverty by becoming economically empowered.

 

 

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The baskets are woven from 100% natural materials of  sisal fibers, sweet grass and raffia.

Because this product is handmade, no one piece is identical to the other - which means you could only be buying a unique item.

Care Instructions:

Keep away from direct sunlight.

Do not submerge or wash with water.

When necessary, use a damp cloth to wipe the bowl basket.

Delivery:

The product will be shipped to you from Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Weight 0.7 kg
Dimensions 22 × 8 cm

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Francoise Nyirahabimana
Weaver (front row, Green T-shirt)

In the past, I would depend on my husband for food and other items in the house. Now I don’t do that anymore. I had no shoes and suffered from jiggers, but that’s now all in the past. I used to sleep in a nyakatsi (thatched house), but that is in the past. I used to sleep on amashara (dried banana leaves), now I sleep on a mattress. I didn’t look good, but now I do. This means  that, if we got more people buying our products we can look even better.

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Marcelina Mukamana
Weaver (in pink top)

I moved to the area, and didn’t know how to weave. So I joined the group and learnt to weave. Once I started earning money, I bought a pig. Thanks to the income from weaving, I now has two pigs, a cow, a goat and chickens. 

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Godeliva Mukanyandwi
Weaver

I joined this weaving group because I was unable to buys school books, and pens. Or 100 Rwanda francs on a haircut, as my school demanded. Since earning my own money, I am able to afford a lot of things without  bothering my parents. My advice to students is that, it’s  good to learn new skills – whatever that’s may be, because you can earn money and are less dependant on your parents. 

Deverone Byukadusenge
Weaver (White tshirt and black cardigan)

I’m a single mother earning my own money. I don’t  need to depend on anyone anymore. My main concern is that I can’t apply for loans because the market for the products is not high enough. I’m worried I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay back the loans.

Christina Mukaremera
Berwa Group
Weaver (yellow and blue scarf)

I wish to thank all who promote promote the work we do, because it has improved my way of living. I’m really grateful continuous support.