OUR SUSTAINABLE TRADE PROGRAMME
Working with over 4,000 local people in the Rwenzori region of Uganda, our Sustainable Trade Programme was developed in 2011 to enable people to increase their income and help improve their life chances.
We do this by helping them increase their income from the production and sale of coffee, cocoa, cotton and crafts. We’re proud to be able to sell their products in our stores, from award-winning Rwenzori coffee to traditional handmade baskets and crafts.
Our beautiful handmade baskets are made using traditional techniques. The income from just two baskets could pay for a child’s schooling for a term.
We work with over 1,000 coffee farmers in the Rwenzori mountains. As a result, farmers now earn up to 20% more for their crop.
These products have been made in local communities and enable them to grow their livelihoods and improve their future.
Since the project began, over 4000 local people have benefited from improved income through the production and sale of their handmade baskets and crafts, and now more children are completing their primary school education.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused closures of borders, schools and universities in Uganda. TK Maxx and Homesense continue to support the Western Ugandan communities with grants to support education and trade through the Rwenzori Sustainable Trade Centre.
Watch this video to hear more about how our Sustainable Trade Programme is helping.
(This video was recorded in 2018)