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his basket is hand-crocheted by Beninya Kathuure. Crochet work is a traditional craft in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya.


Beninya is married with four children. Being a part of the Kiumbe Adult Literacy group provides her with the chance to learn to read, write, and make baskets. She is now able to afford food, new clothing, and land for farming. Beninya is also forever grateful for the women she and met. They are her friends for life because of their endless support.


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 women and families.



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


Size: approximately 8"x 8"

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


Squares by Beninya 103-003

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