Felista
37
Uganda
Basket Weaver
5 children

My name is Felista and I am a palm weaver living in Wakiso District in central Uganda. I have given birth to 7 children, 2 of whom have passed away. I am so proud and feel blessed to be a part of the palm weaving group. I am the team leader in the group. As the leader, I have come to understand that all of the women in the group have very different needs, but we are all alike in that we come together to try to better our situations and support our families. All of us in the group have been weaving for a long time. Weaving mats is a tradition in Uganda that has been passed on from generation to generation. My mother passed it on to me, so it is my duty to pass it on to my daughters. I am not only a weaver but also a subsistence farmer. I also keep poultry and pigs to do what I can to meet my family’s needs. I joined the project with All Across Africa because I wanted to expand my skills and learn how to make a variety of products with the hope that I can sell these new products abroad to increase my income. The income will help me to pay for the school fees for my children, pay for rent and other household needs and be able to send money to my parents and relatives in the village. I would like to say thank you to the people who buy our products and also let you know that you are not just buying a bag, you are helping us keep our children in school and put food on our tables.