One of my favorite things about visiting Africa is knowing I will come home with some gorgeous wares and jewelry. Without fail, my most-loved jewelry all hail from Africa from my turquoise earrings from Tanzania to my paperbead and coconut necklaces from Zambia.
When I was in Ethiopia last year I visited Project Mercy in Yetebon in Ethiopia’s Southern highlands. There we met women artisans who handweave baskets and make beaded bracelets and embroidered napkins. All of it was absolutely beautiful and when you make a purchase the sale, of course, goes to improving the women’s livelihoods. You can buy baskets, bracelets, and napkins like these from the Project Mercy web site.
In 2012 when I was in Ethiopia I traveled to Hawassa, also in Ethiopia’s southern region, and saw these basketweavers and their wares on the side of the road. I couldn’t help but buy a basket while there and to this day it sits on our kitchen table.
When you travel do you buy local wares?