Money well spent

Not only are these fair trade laundry baskets from Northern Ghana beautiful and exceedingly useful, but a portion of each sale helps provide drinking water to rural African villages.

Two large handles make the hand-woven basket easy to pick up and carry into the laundry room, and a latching lid keeps your unmentionables out of sight. Or, if you think it’s simply too beautiful to hold dirty laundry, it’s the perfect size to stash toys, knitting or craft supplies, or virtually anything you want to keep handy, (but don’t want in plain view.)

The dyes used in production are natural and non-toxic, and the baskets are available in a variety of colors. If you have a color preference, just let the staff know upon ordering, and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.

In addition to providing income and job security for the weavers in Northern Ghana, 15 percent of proceeds go to the store’s non-profit partner, “Engage Now Africa,” to help build clean drinking water wells in rural African villages.

In my eyes, that’s money well spent.

$69. Ayindisa, 18 Prospect Street, Ridgefield. (203) 894-1115.

Melinda McGarty Webb