With limited space for expansion of agriculture we are looking at other means to help increase family income.
‘Tubehamwe’ (We are together) are now making a variety of good quality crafts appreciated by guests in Uganda and other countries. These include patchwork aprons and bags and baskets, mats and bowls…
Groups have been established following training to help families learn, understand and benefit from saving and taking small loans to enhance long term family income and improve livelihoods.
Space-efficient with a ready market in resorts around the lake.
Tubehamwe – we are together
Making – baskets, mats, bowls, aprons, bags, purses, glasses cases, scrunchies…
Who are TUBEHAMWE?
We are a handicraft group from Katooma a rural community at Lake
Bunyonyi, SW Uganda. We come together every week for fellowship and prayer, to practice our handicrafts and make plans as to how we can develop the cooperative and increase income.
What is our story?
The group used to work as individuals making simple handicrafts. After training in 2015 at Itambira Island Seeds of Hope (Christian community development project) we came together as a group ‘Tubehamwre’ to support each other, learn together, diversify range of handicrafts made, improve marketing and sales and thus increase income to support our families.
The group’s Objectives
- To fight poverty among families in Katooma and nearby communities.
- To be exemplary in handicraft making around Lake Bunyonyi
- To improve skills and increase income generation
- Kellen Is a pioneer group member. She has 4 children. She began handicraft making at the age of 8, learning from her mother. She started with simple baskets and mats but is now able to many types of handicrafts and has a market to sell these around the Lake.
- Codence has 2 children. She began by making simple handicrafts. She has been able to diversify from mat making and now uses different materials to produce bags, aprons etc. This is helping her raise income to support her family.