Culture and Society
However, the artisans complain of lack modern working tools, funds and market for their products.
Local Artisans in Mbarara have petitioned the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for support to help them tap in the tourism potential in the area so as to boost their income. The local artisans are involved in the production of mattresses, mats, decorated pots, bags, shoes, baskets and scuffs.
However, the artisans complain of lack modern working tools, funds and market for their products. Shamim Murungi, the chairperson Ikira Foundation that is based in Ruharo in Mbarara municipality says artisans in the district are faced with a huge challenge of finding market for their products.
She also says that the artisans have been struggling on their own to acquire modern art skills so as to produce quality products to suite the international market. Murungi wants the local government to support artisans and cultural groups financially to help them tap into the tourism market.
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Aidah Kario, a member of Kiyanja cell FAL class in Kamukuzi division Mbarara municipality accuses government of neglecting local artisans. She says that as a result, many women have abandoned the production of artifacts since it’s not paying.
Enock Rutazza, the director Rwenjeru camp site in Biharwe Sub County differs with the women for failing to tap into the tourism potential in the area. She advises the local groups to take advantage of the high number of tourists visiting the area to sell their crafts.
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Amon Mutabarura, Mbarara District commercial officer who is in charge of Tourism, trade, and industry and value addition however puts the blame on artisans, who he is accuses of preferring to work as individuals. He says it is difficult to locate these groups because they are scattered and not registered. He says this makes it difficult for government to support the artisans.
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Most of artisans target tourists visiting Lake Mburo national park that is located in South Western Uganda.
community based groups
petition tourism and antiquity ministry for support
mbarara district tourism potentials