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This basket is hand-crocheted by Lucy Muthoni.


Lucy is married and has two children. One is in school, and one is an infant. She was only able to attend school until the age of twelve. This project has helped her to financially handle the day-to-day expenses. Since joining the adult literacy group, she says she now never goes hungry. She’s also been able to pay off the loan for a motorcycle which she uses for transportation to town and the local markets.


Lucy says that this project has brought her a support system which has been especially helpful with a new baby to care for. She is happy to have a group of friends whom she can talk to when challenges arise.


Lucy is a member of the women’s adult literacy group in Kiumbe Village in Kenya. She joined so that she could learn to read and write. Being a member of this adult literacy group provides so much more than an education. It gives the women the opportunity to learn from each other and to provide support for those who need help and advice.


The women also have the option to learn how to crochet, which is a traditional craft in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya. This income-generating opportunity has been a source of pride for the women. Many can send their children to school, repair their homes, buy new clothes, animals, and food, and get proper health care.


Each Basket has a photo of the woman holding the basket she made.


Size: approximately 8" x 9"

Number of colors: 3

Material: Acrylic yarn

Maintenance: Machine wash in cold and air dry

Storage and shipping: this basket folds flat and is easy to ship and store


Vibrant Color Contrast by Lucy 104-038

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