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Suni Magyar never planned on owning a crafts shop. Busy with her reflexology business in Uganda's capital of Kampala, the Kenyan-born, British-educated Hungarian-Scot set up Banana Boat, her first tiny 2-sq-m shop, on a whim. "There were lots of expats living in the city with big houses, lots of wall space and nothing to put on them," explains Magyar. "Initially, I thought it would be quite fun to sell modern art prints." She was quickly inundated by customers looking for other home products and, since 2000, has combined her love of traditional local craftsmanship—basketry, weaving, leatherwork—with her own appreciation of designs...

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