Dorothy was the very first basket artisan that The Mighty River Project partnered with! She is a mama of 6 and a grandmother, and heads up the Mukisa Twezimbe women's group comprised of fellow basket artisans Peninnah, Robinah, Gloria, and Kevin. Dorothy is a natural caregiver, and loves those in her community with all she has. We are so blessed to work with her!
Peninnah, Dorothy's oldest daughter and a member of the Mukisa Twezimbe women's group, creates baskets in partnership with The Mighty River Project. She is mama of 6 children, and works hard to provide for her family! Deep and thoughtful, she is a joy to have on the Mighty River Project team.
Kevin is also a member of the Mukisa Twezimbe group. She has three children, and adds to her Mighty River Project income by selling necessities in a small shop adjacent to her home. She has a wonderful attitude and a kind heart. We are so blessed to partner with this fantastic lady!
Robinah, also a Mukisa Twezimbe member, makes beautiful baskets to support her children. Although she is quiet at first, when she gets excited, she is the first of all the Mukisa ladies to break into dancing! Robinah and her precious children are such a joy to work with!
Gloria, the youngest member of the Mukisa Twezimbe group and another of Dorothy's daughters, creates beautiful baskets! She is our only artisan who isn't a mama, and hopes to start university classes in the coming months. She works hard at creating kibbo baskets, which is allowing her to build a brighter financial future as she sets off for college and beyond.
Evelyn is Dorothy's second oldest daughter, and just recently perfected her basket-crafting skills. She is outgoing and hilarious, and a wonderful mama to her daughters!
Erinah is one of our newest basket artisans, and uses papyrus fiber to make the inner coil of her distinctive baskets. She has two daughters, and uses the proceeds from her self-taught basket skillls to support her family. We are so excited to get to know her better!
Maria makes the paper bead products that we sell. She is a mother to two teenage daughters. Her jewelry is made from rolled paper that is given a second life as it is strung and varnished, making durable, colorful, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Rita, mama to eight daughters, supports her family through her textile sales. She creates beautiful aprons and bags from bright, unique fabrics, using a foot-pedal sewing machine.