What $100 Buys in... Uganda

Compared to high-profile neighbors Kenya and Tanzania, this East African nation attracts few tourists. A walk through the markets of the capital, Kampala, provides a good introduction.

$4 Salad Servers Uganda's forests are a rich source of rosewood, teak, and mahogany. Markets, in turn, are a source of items like rosewood salad servers. National Arts and Crafts Association of Uganda (NACAU), Shop 23.

$5 Coffee It's the country's biggest export. And despite the fact that most Ugandans prefer to drink tea, Western-style coffeehouses such as 1,000 Cups are popular hangouts. 18 Buganda Rd., 011-256/772-505-619.

$9 Bag Everyday objects are creatively recycled. Worn tires become flip-flops; tin cans transform into lamps; colorful bottle caps get fashioned into a pop art handbag. Portal Ave. Market, Shop 2.

$9 Bangles Ankole-Watusi cattle are prized for their long, thick horns, which are carved into buttons and bracelets. NACAU, Shop 8.

$7 Sculpture Hopping on the back of a boda-boda is the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city. A wire miniature makes a great memento of the experience. Portal Ave. Market, Shop 2.

$29 Baking Dish Potters from the women's co-op Mukisa Mpewo create vessels inspired by big game. NACAU, Shop 19, 4/6 Dewinton Rd.

$32 Necklace Sanaa Gateja, one of Uganda's best-known artists, makes beads by rolling up tiny strips of magazines. Design Agenda, 14 Parliament Ave., 011-256/772-718-158.

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