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This basket is hand-crocheted by Jerica Kaindi Aruponso. Crochet work is a traditional craft in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya.


When Jerica was young, her family was directly impacted by tribal conflicts which caused them to lose their land, lose their home and shelter, and as a result she then had no other choice but to drop out of school at the age of twelve. Due to her family’s lack of money, she was forced to get married at twenty. Unfortunately, her husband often steals or abuses her which has caused her and her children to live with her parents. Despite this, she finds joy in being creative. She also loves singing.


A bit about the project:

The Basket Ladies is a subsidiary of Merry-Go-Strong (501(c)(3)). We work with the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) to help rural women who are part of adult literacy groups in Tharaka Nithi Kenya earn an income.


MGS provides the acrylic yarn to help the women get started and then buys the baskets when they are completed. Proceeds from the resale of the baskets go to supporting initiatives that help the women and families.


This basket has a photo of Jericah holding the basket she made.


Size: approximately 6"x 5"

Number of colors: 5

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


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