The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Beyond baskets

It began with baskets. Now the Asante Network (asante means “thank you” in Swahili) also sells jewelry, clothing, stoles and more—all made by women in East Africa (888-627-4543).

In 2002 a missionary friend asked Mary Ann Sheets-Hanson of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lafayette, Calif., to sell baskets made by Ugandan women.

Sheets-Hanson became a one-woman traveling bazaar, sending the profits to Stand With Africa and other global church projects (May 2004, "Bringing baskets to market").

Now the nonprofit is an all-volunteer group and member of the Fair Trade Federation. Profits still fund projects and microloans in Africa.


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