MIFUKO MEANS POCKET
We have chosen women´s self help groups in rural villages and small workshops in cities as the makers of our Kiondo baskets, jewellery and bags. Our products are produced following the principles of fair trade. Our partner self help groups and workshops employ slum youth, people with disabilities and people with economically disadvantaged rural backgrounds.
All Mifuko products are handmade. There isn’t a lot of money invested - materials and skilled hands are all that is needed. By demand, maintaining a traditional skill pays off and is passed on to the younger generation. For the artisans Mifuko is an opportunity to improve their skills and invest in their workshops for increased income.
Mifuko is a certified member of World Fair Trade Organization WFTO. Learn more about how we work and how we follow the principles of fair trade:
Mifuko stands with one foot on the streets of Helsinki, and the other firmly on the red soil of rural Kenya. We combine contemporary Finnish design with traditional Kenyan handicraft techniques and African colors. The word mifuko means pocket in Swahili. We make sure that everyone has something in their pocket - our colorful Kiondos, cute wooden birds and practical everyday bags bring joy and happiness to both their makers in Kenya and their users around the globe. By purchasing a Mifuko Kiondo basket, wooden bird, necklace or a bag you make this possible.