The Local Grocer

African Market Baskets- Weaving Hope, Healthcare, and Education

The store is bursting with these beautiful African Market Baskets. Proceeds from the sales of these baskets help to provide healthcare, education, and financial support to over 1,000 African villagers and their children. We happen to think they’re beautiful and a fantastic alternative to plastic shopping bags.

Basket weaving has helped bring much needed income to the villages surrounding Bolgatanga, Ghana. Local women supplement the family income by weaving the baskets we refer to as Bolga baskets. Using locally-grown straw, these women create art. To learn more about the weaving process and how these baskets get to market, check out these photo galleries.

The traditional skill, which has been handed down from generation to generation provides employment to approximately 10,000 people, mostly women. An average of two baskets a week can be woven by a woman who also has household chores, firewood collection, water collection, washing and the care of her children to tend to each day.

We currently have over 200 African Market Baskets to choose from in The Local Grocer. They range in price from $10 to $55. Each basket is handcrafted and unique, making them great for gift giving or personal daily use. We are currently open daily from 8 AM – 8 PM.