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This basket is hand-crocheted by Veline Gatiria. Crochet work is a traditional craft in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya.


Veline Gatiria is married with five children. With the money she made from basket sales, Velina bought goats, put up new pit toilets, and a new roof. She feels their level of poverty has reduced and says her family looks much nicer, and more presentable because they can buy new clothes and have better food options for themselves.


She is currently dealing with a health problem. She has a goiter, causing a throat problem. However, she is thankful that MGS is helping pay for her hospital check-ups and medications.


Merry-Go-Strong (501 (c) (3)) and the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) work with rural women in Tharaka Nithi Kenya. These women are part of adult literacy groups and were not able to get an education.


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 initiatives like: illuminating homes, providing water collection systems, and building a makerspace for workshops and skill building opportunities.


This basket comes with a photo of Veline holding the basket she made.


Size: approximately 9"x 9"

Number of colors: 4

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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