Widowhood in Uganda is a hardship that most of us cannot possibly fathom—11% of women over 15 years old are widows. Studies show that 50% of these widows are illiterate, 67% work in other people’s gardens for survival, and 61% survive on less than 5,000 Ugandan shillings a week – less than two American dollars. Shortly after her husband dies, the widow is subjected to the common Ugandan practice of “property grabbing.” This is the intentional driving out of the vulnerable woman and her dependents from their homes and land by physical force, threats, intimidation, and property destruction. Studies have shown that over 18% of widows that go through property grabbing have also experienced attempts on their lives. Even so, the women cling tenaciously to their homes and property. Why wouldn’t they? Their children need shelter – a place to lay their heads at night and carry on in life. In spite of their resistance to the property grabbing, 17% still see their homes and property viciously destroyed in the process. The plight of the Ugandan widows is unconscionable.
This shawl is a classic Ugandan weave and is a bit thicker than our wrappers. Nothing is more perfect for chilly days than this. Handwoven by Victoria and her team of weavers in Uganda, these shawls are high quality and the perfect way to stay warm.
Measures roughly 78" X 31".
These wrappers are perfect for spring, summer, fall, and winter. With their vibrant colors and thinner weave, they are a must for every woman and girl. This wrap was handwoven on a loom by a widow named Victoria in Uganda. Victoria has trained a group of woman who help her weave these beautiful wrappers. The Loom Woven Wrapper is excellent for those chilly days that are coming, but also light enough that it can still be used during the warmer months.
Measures about 80" X 42".
These towels are handwoven on a loom by a widow named Victoria who is a weaver in Uganda. They are high quality, soft, and durable towels. A beautiful and functional addition to your home.
28 inches long and 21 inches wide.
Handwoven by Victoria and her team of weavers in Uganda, these bookmarks are great for keeping safe your place in your favorite book. These make wonderful gifts for the special people in your life. If you want to support the weavers in Uganda but aren't sure whether or not you want a Loom Woven Shawls (rafikifoundation.org) or Loom Woven Wrappers (rafikifoundation.org), we definitely recommend giving these a try.
From Victoria, one of our extraordinary weavers, come the beautiful Loom Woven Place Mats. Woven with exquisite detail and care, these place mats will be beautiful on any table.