Your Bolga basket purchase gives income to 5 producers

One of G-lish's main activities is to produce recycled Bolga baskets in the Upper East Region of Ghana to help rural communities get fair and reliable income for their labour.

Unlike traditional aid organisations, G-lish uses sales and trade, not aid, to provide income to the community.

A short video from a village in Bolgatanga where G-lish works. 

A Fair Income for Bolga Basket Weavers

Your Bolga basket purchase gives 5 days of fair trade income (over twice the minimum wage) to G-lish weavers. Having spent a lifetime honing their craft, G-lish skilled weavers produce beautiful products and weavers are paid fairly for their work. An average straw Bolga basket provides no profit to the weaver who usually barely covers the cost of materials by the time she sells the basket in the central market to middle men traders. 

G-lish sells directly to buyers, providing more income to weavers. We also price our products to generate fair income to weavers and all producers in the supply chain. 

making recycled Bolga baskets

Laadi surrounded by family, also G-lish producers, making her signature recycled basket

Each basket provides 5 days of income in the community

For every basket produced, G-lish provides 5 days of work to skilled basket producers in impoverished rural Ghana.

The 5 days are broken down like this:

  • 1 day for a plastic cutter to cut the recycled pure water bags into plastic strips.
  • 1 day for a plastic twister to twist the plastic strips into twine for weaving.
  • ½ day for a recycled cloth cutter to cut recycled cloth into strips.
  • ½ day for a recycled cloth twister to twist the cloth into twine for weaving.
  • Another 2 days, on average, for the skilled basket weaver to weave the recycled plastic and cloth into one of the beautiful Bolga baskets here

G-lish Foundation works with 75 producers and that income helps G-lish producers educate their children. Since 2010, all children of G-lish producers attend primary or secondary school, and some are enrolled in nursing college.


The income also helps weavers buy much-needed medicines and the basics like food, clothing and items to maintain their homes. G-lish also provides capacity building such as colour theory workshops so weavers can make the most of their skill and create stunning colour combinations in both baskets and wallhanging weaving art work

Colour theory for Bolga basket weavers

Gayle Pescud
Gayle Pescud