The Bolgatanga Basket Weavers Co-operative Club (BBWCC) started in 1995 as a non-formal institution mainly for the production of baskets in the Bolgatanga Municipality and beyond.
BBWCC operates in eight 8 target communities in the Bolgatanga Municipality namely: Yarigabiisi, Gambibgo, Yorogo, Nyariga, Yikine, Sumbrungu, Zaare and Tindonmolgo Kongo,Sirigu in navrongo and Kandiga also in Navrongo districts Currently, the numerical strength of BBWCC is 1,050 weavers.
In northern Ghana, where BBWCC is located, basket weaving is predominantly done in the districts of Bolgatanga, where over 250,000 people live in 170 villages and is a typical craft skill associated with women in these communities.
Basket weaving has been one of the oldest crafts man has engaged in. Over the years, skills in making baskets have been handed down from generation to generation.
In Ghana, the basket weaving industry is dominated by females in the northern part of Ghana, whiles it is male dominated in the south. In northern Ghana, basket weaving is predominantly done in the districts of Bolgatanga, where over 250,000 people live in 170 villages and is a typical craft skill associated with women in these communities.
Many years ago, baskets woven from palm and reed were used as storage containers, and thigh-layered mats from the Volta Region were made from reeds. Down south, rattan and palm baskets are primarily woven by men, whiles baskets woven from reeds tend to be woven by females.
The vision of BBWCC is to become the leading cooperative providing quality baskets in Ghana (by 2020).
The mission of BBWCC is to promote quality baskets and related products in large quantities to meet the needs of our varied customers in a timely manner and at affordable prices.
BBWCC subscribes to the following values:
• ﾠQuality baskets and products.
• ﾠTimeliness of product delivery.
• ﾠEnsuring customer satisfaction.
• ﾠEffective communication with all stakeholders.
• ﾠMaintaining and enhancing BBWCC’s integrity.
- To function as a united forum for basket weavers in the Bolgatanga District.
- To promote quality ﾠbaskets to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.
- To create new channels of distribution between weavers and end users of our products both locally and internationally on the principles of fair trade.
- To uplift the status of women who constitute the bulk of BBWCC membership.