Moved to UK, earned a degree in Housing Management and development
Worked for large Housing Associations and Local Authorities
Ethnic Supplies came about following a visit to SW Uganda in December 2006
She could not reconcile the beauty of this part of the country and the poverty, women and children, carrying water on their head for long distances, no shoes, landscape is hilly and it can be very cold
Ida resolved to do something about this situation and her return to the UK she quit her job as Housing Manager for a London authority and set Ethnic Supplies
Economic empowerment of African women involved in textile and handicraft production
Our role is to ensure market access for the women’s work
We promote equitable trade terms- women producers determine their own prices and this is what we pay
We promote and subscribe to the idea of trade not aid as this is more dignified and sustainable . Handouts cannot sustain individuals or build economies so this our way
We recognise that we are incredibly lucky to live in a country that is not at war, we do not worry about where our next meal is coming from and we have access a decent health care system so this is our way of contributing to those less fortunate than we are
• Lillian is 70 years old and is one of our weavers in Southwest Uganda.
• Lillian lives around Lake Bunyonyi and the biggest change around the lake according to her is that bodies do not turn up in the lake as they used to do during Amin's time and that there has been an increase in tourism to the area.
• Lillian is a widow and was left penniless when her husband who had three wives died.
• She uses the papyrus on the shores of the lake to weave baskets and the arrival of a local co-operative to which she belongs, she had no market access for her baskets.
• She is pleased that her baskets have found a new audience and that she is able to have an income from her weaving skills