The Region

Bolgatanga (Bolga for short), in the Upper East Region of Ghana, is an arid area with a short rainy season from April to October. Unlike other rural areas in Ghana, the lower soil fertility prevents communities from living off commercial agricultural activities alone. Communities must supplement their income from agriculture with additional activities, such as pottery and basket weaving. The sale of these products ensures consistent livelihoods throughout the year. 

Weavers have the freedom to work collectively or in their own homes and at a pace that suits their agricultural and family commitments.