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"Making Trade Work for the Poor"TradeAID Integrated (TradeAID) was formed in the year 2000. The mission of the organization is “To help the productive poor to create and manage viable ventures for sustained poverty reduction and wealth creation” One key area of TradeAID’s work is in the area of fair trade market access to the Bolgatanga Basket Weavers. The organization operates a project called the Basket Weavers Market Support Project. Under this project basket weavers are given training on product quality and development. They are also linked to the fair trade market.
Basket weaving is a manual craft that does not require tools or machinery. The skill has been passed down by generations. Straw is split, dampened, twisted, untwisted and dyed before weaving. The woven baskets are subsequently trimmed and – if necessary – mounted with handles, that may or may not be covered in leather. It takes a weaver approximately three days to complete a standard Bolga basket. Baskets are woven in a number of traditional shapes, but each weaver may put her own mark on the basket through the specific selection of colours and patterns
The Bazaar Berlin show has been one platform that has been used by TradeAID to introduce new basket designs as well as selling the baskets of the weavers.