In 2011, I returned from Ghana where I met a group of Christian widows from the village of Yikene, just outside of Bolgatanga, where artisans have been weaving these baskets for generations! Once the baskets are made, we have a group of men that will attach the leather to the handles made of goat hide.
I lost my first husband in 2006, and when I was in Ghana, I was able to share with them that in America when you lose your husband, you still have your house, your job, and your family and friends to help you through your time of struggle. In Ghana, it is not the same. When you lose your husband, a lot of times, you lose your home, your land, and your source of income.
The widows I met are just a few of the women and men who need our support in a country were poverty, AIDS and malaria effect their every day lives. I am very excited to partner with the basket weaving community in Bolgatanga. What a great opportunity we have to support them and bring their beautiful creations to you!
Passion & Partners
My husband, Tom, and I began selling baskets under the name "Ghana Crazy" in 2008 after falling in love with a basket we bought at a Oregon street fair. Our company now represents unique baskets, hats, fans, purses, and jewelry made in Ghana, Africa. All our one-of-a-kind products are hand made by local African crafts people committed to quality and care.
We believe in promoting the weavers from Ghana in order to help the weavers (especially women) with economic development. We believe weaving baskets in a traditional manner allows the weavers of Ghana to preserve their cultural heritage and advance themselves financially. We enjoy supporting their endeavor by bringing their baskets from their markets to ours!
We always operate under a blanket of trust and respect with the weavers and craft co-ops we represent.
By purchasing one of our rare finds, you are not only getting a wonderful, hand-made basket for your home or business, you are also contributing to the preservation of African culture and helping a tribesperson become financially independent.
It's a true economic partnership in every sense of the word.
Thank you for your support!