myadonai4ever on Feb 9, 2016
Fabrics are vibrant and beautiful! Great price and fast shipping too. Thanks for a great shopping experience.... I'll be keeping an eye on you. Much success to you and God bless!
Illustrating a Colorful Country, Building Future Generations
In 2006, a creative couple by the name of Jenny and Daniel Healy decided to take their passion for quilting into the world. With thread in hand and African inspirations at the ready, they decided to put their lives (literally, their life savings) into the creation of a local quilt store in Gaborone, Botswana.
Kalahari Quilts was born.
Although they started VERY small, the business has expanded to an ever-growing family of passionate quilters from Botswana and beyond.
Although Kalahari Quilts is a business (not a non-profit organization), it is one that is enabling its employees and their families to be able to dictate their future. We teach valuable skills to our women that help them to be the strong, creative, capable individuals that they already are. While most Motswana women make less than $100 per month (that's about $3/day), our ladies at Kalahari Quilts are treated like family, including medical and educational benefits.
In May 2012, Kalahari Quilts took a huge step in its growth by moving to a beautiful, bright new store in Gaborone with plenty of foot traffic. All of the quilts that you see in our store are hand-made, on-site in this location. Local customers can even come and watch their quilt being made right before their eyes.
The mission of Kalahari Quilts is to illustrate the beautiful land and people of Africa, while also promoting future generations through our employment opportunities. As Kalahari Quilts currently does not make profit at its store, we hope that making the leap onto Etsy.com can help us to fund this dream.
Thank you so much for stopping by our store and we hope to inspire you through our work.
Owner, Designer, Maker
Founder of KQ, designer Jenny Healy was born in Zambia, educated in Botswana and the United States. Her love of quilting flowered in California and is now being shared with a small but growing network of quilters in Botswana.
Kessy never fails to make the entire store start cracking up at least once per day. She mainly works directly with customers but also aids in finalizing quilts. Originally from Goshwe, she also enjoys singing in her church and playing with colors.
Lydia is our "can-do" woman around KQ. She does a lot of the "dirty" work of quilting, including finalizing every KQ quilt. She is originally from Dagwi and is of Kalanga descent. Although quiet at first, she is the biggest sweetheart!
Marlie is our summer intern for this year from the University of Pennsylvania. Hailing all the way from North Carolina, she has been helping us with photography, social media, and of course, our Etsy store!
We are Kalahari Quilts, a small family of quilt-lovers in Gaborone, Botswana led by Jenny Healy. Over the last six years, our store has become a local favorite, providing imported fabrics, unique gifts, and of course, our handmade quilts. We have expanded our horizons to Etsy in the hopes of allowing people across the world to love our products just as much as we do!
Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Unless we have made prior arrangements, payment must be made immediately following your purchase. In case of non-payment, the Sale will be canceled and the item will be re-listed.