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WITETHYE WOMENS GROUP
- Kitui & Makueni, Kenya
Witethye Women’s Group is a collaboration of women in the semi-arid counties of Kitui and Makueni, in the Eastern Province of Kenya.
Many women from this region have formed groups in their local villages where they come together to carry on the tradition of weaving baskets as a form of connection and empowerment with the term “Witethye” meaning “self help”
The groups not only serve a social and interactive purpose for the women, but by weaving & selling the baskets it provides their communities with an alternative form of income, as harvests often fail due to lack of rain and the region is highly susceptible to drought.
The tradition of weaving baskets has been passed down from their mothers and grandmothers and they were originally used for things such as shopping, carrying goods in the markets, storing food, spices and water, and giving as gifts at weddings. However, the main use for baskets was during the harvesting season to carry fruits and vegetables.
By buying these baskets or making a donation, you are actively helping to empower women and provide an alternative income for wonderful people in a dry area in south-eastern Kenya.