Wouldn’t you feel great if you were to buy a beautiful piece of Homeware whilst helping some of the most disadvantaged families increase their incomes so they can afford to send their children to school? Well, two of my favourite Homeware shops, TKmaxx and its sister brand Homesense, are giving you the opportunity to do so with their new Uganda Tribal Treasures range.
TKMaxx and Homesense have been working with Uganda since 2008 enabling more than 10,000 children to go to school. Since the sustainable trade project started in 2011, there has been a 40% increase in children finishing Primary School education. Pretty amazing, right!?
These beautifully handmade baskets made with local materials come in a wide variety of contemporary shapes, bright colours and designs. Traditional weaving techniques have been revived and redeveloped to craft these artisanal pieces.
1,300 women in Uganda are creating these gorgeous baskets for your home from as little as £4.99-29.99. The income received from the sale of two baskets could pay for a child to attend school for a term.
DRUMS , THROWS & HORNS
Handmade by the farmers of the Ngeye Traditional Crafts Group in Central Uganda. These authentic drums are available from £4.99-24.99
The cow horns come in a variety of natural shades, along with bowls, dishes and cups that are also crafted from cow horn. Available from £4.99 to £24.99
(Note: The Ankole cow horn is a by-product of the food industry.)
The beautiful 100% cotton throws come in a range of colours and are handwoven from locally grown Ugandan cotton by women using traditional techniques.
“You fill your cup, they fill their classrooms”.
TK Maxx are working with 760 coffee farmers in the Rwenzori mountains, mobilising communities to form groups so they can gain the best price for their coffee through increased quality and yield and collective marketing. As a result of forming these groups, farmers now earn 20% more for their coffee crop. Not only has the coffee yield increased but quality has too with one of the coffee groups winning the prestigious Uganda National Taste of Harvest award for 2013/2014
This coffee brings vital income to Ugandan family farmers.
75% of the communities we work with derive income from coffee
The range includes both ground coffee and coffee beans.
Prices: £2.99 for 227g; £5.99 for 500g.
STYLED AT HOME
I love the use of one of the baskets as a plant stand to add a little bit of colour to a space. Just look at how the colours pop against the green! Though, the basket would equally work well as a storage basket for say some throws, magazines etc or a beautiful addition to a little girls room.
MY TOP PICKS – TRIBAL TREASURES
I have picked some of my favourite pieces from the collection to showcase how versatile this range is. All these items would look great with on trend blush pink and Scandinavian schemes. And best of all, you will know that the product is handmade and a limited edition so they are real unique pieces to add to any home. The range can be used for anything from décor and storage whilst the blankets are a beautiful accent in more muted tones.
The Tribal Treasures range is available right now across nationwide stores of TKMaxx and Homesense and TKMaxx online.
This post was in collaboration with Homesense & TKMaxx. I only work with brands and products that I absolutely love and that I think you’ll love too!