Kenya

“Making baskets in response to the persistent drought”

O Our Kenyan baskets are made by women from the Kamba tribe. They are made from sisal or banana leaves. Sisal is a fiber they get from agave plants. This fiber is very flexible, so that the Kenyan baskets are slightly more flexible than those from the other areas.

This story is a great example of what Mambo Baskets stands for. The persistent drought reduced agricultural income. As a result, the people of the Kamba tribe had too little money to support their families. That's how they started growing agaves. These plants need very little water, and the sisal fibers of the plant are ideal for making baskets. With the proceeds from the sale of the baskets, the women manage to support their families, pay for school and medical costs.

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