Mothers at the Market: Atunyiliche Mkakatu

Atunyiliche Mkakatu - Vikapu BombaPhoto Courtesy of Vikapu Bomba

We had the opportunity to connect with Atunyiliche Mkakatu, a mother and an artisan working with Vikapu Bomba in Tanzania. To hear more of Atunyiliche’s story from the Vikapu Bomba team, keep reading below. 

Atunyiliche Mkakatu was born in Kising’a in 1949. She is married with three living children, one of which is very sick and depends on her for his livelihood. Her day begins at sunrise, when she works on her farm until early afternoon. She then spends the rest of the afternoon and early evening weaving baskets.

How has working with Vikapu Bomba and The Little Market impacted your life and your family’s life?

The ability to weave for Vikapu Bomba and sell her baskets on The Little Market has enabled Atunyiliche to have a good life, which for her means supporting her son and income for food and clothing.

The proceeds she has made have since enabled Atunyiliche to purchase a bed, a mattress, blankets, and other essential household items, as well as the cement and materials needed to construct a sink and toilet.

Atunyiliche Mkakatu - Vikapu BombaPhoto Courtesy of Vikapu Bomba

What do you love most about what you do? What are you most proud of, personally and professionally?

For Atunyiliche, the ability to work and generate an income is fundamental to her life. She enjoys being able to make baskets and sell them for good and stable income.

We loved learning more about Atunyiliche and the Vikapu Bomba team. To see our collection from Vikapu Bomba, visit our site

A special thank you to Atunyiliche, Catherine, and the Vikapu Bomba team for contributing to our Mother’s Day series!

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