Mifuko baskets, work from the hands and hearts of Kenia
Published on November 3, 2016
©Uupi Tirronen. Black and white kiondo baskets in sizes L, M, S and XS.
Mifuko stands with one foot on the streets of Helsinki, and the other firmly on the red soil of rural Kenya. The colorful Kiondo baskets, home accessories, jewellery and bags combine contemporary Finnish design with traditional Kenyan handicraft techniques.
Mifuko is a certified member of World Fair Trade Organization WFTO and all their products are handmade in Kenya by women’s self help groups in rural villages and in small workshops in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa. The word mifuko means pocket in Swahili. The project makes sure that everyone gets something in their pocket – their products bring joy and happiness to both their makers in Kenya and their users around the globe. By purchasing a colorful Mifuko Kiondo basket, wooden bird, necklace or a bag, you become an essential part of this story.
Mifuko Kiondo baskets are handwoven of sisal and food grade plastic 80% recycled. Kiondos come in four sizes and in a variety of colors and distinctive Mifuko stripe patterns. Some styles are available with leather handles or straps. These clever baskets are great for many uses and will happily store toys, firewood, magazines, towels, kitchen utensils or clothes. Kiondos are great little helpers in home organizing
Founders Minna Impiö and Mari Martikainen
Weaving sisal Kiondo baskets is a traditional Kenyan handicraft. Mifuko Kiondos are made by women’s self help groups in rural villages of Machakos county near Nairobi. Most of the artisans primarily employ themselves as farmers. The artisans weave Kiondos all year round, but most of the craft work is done during the dry seasons, when they have more time to concentrate on basket making. At times making a living as a farmer can be very difficult for our artisans in Machakos. Making Kiondos brings them financial security by providing an important additional income to secure a living also in times of a serious drought and crop failure.
© Heléne Wikström
Mifuko Trust is a charity association founded by Mifuko. Mifuko Trust’s co-operation projects involve local people. The association aims to provide a better living and a higher quality of life for Kenyan artisans in a sustainable way. The products are produced following the principles of Fair Trade and help bring secure incomes and fair working conditions to Kenyan artisans.
The aim of Mifuko Trust is to support Kenyan artisans and to help them find work through better entrepreneurship skills. Mifuko Trust works with small workshops in the slums of Nairobi and with women’s self help groups in rural areas.