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Ongoing projects:


Good sanitation is an essential part of staying healthy and disease-free. According to Unicef, 16 million (50 percent) Kenyans do not have adequate sanitation and 50 per cent of rural households have no toilet facilities at all, and where they exist they are generally unhygienic. This has known to lead to lost lives, missed schooling, diseases, malnutrition and poverty.

Besides of providing a hygienic sanitation system for a chosen family and artisan group, the dry toilet project will also give extra income for the community. The ecological and sustainable toilet stores and composts feces that can be recycled into a fertilizer; the locals can then either use it themselves in their fields or sell it to other local families for revenue. As the project is entirely carried out by locals, from construction to maintenance, the community will learn new skills that may help them find further employment. 

The pilot project was started in May 2017 with the collection of building materials and the building was finished in October 2017. Jane Mutala, owner of the plot the toilet was built on, says she has been content with the toilet and no problems have occured. New toilets will be built hopefully soon to other communities!



Domestic animals provide an important source of both food and income. Supplying the artisans with domestic animals both empowers them economically and strengthens the group as a whole, as the animals are collectively owned and cared for by the artisans.

  • Goats and cows are sources of milk and meat.
  • Chickens are a source of eggs and meat.

The milk, eggs and meat can be used by the group or sold for extra income. As the animals are bred the income they provide will grow over time.

This is an ongoing project, our goal is that all groups eventually will have their own domestic animals.


Future projects:


The artisans usually work from home, but once a week they meet and work together in the beautiful outdoors. While assessing the artisans´ needs it became clear that the artisans are in need of a shelter that can provide them with protection from both sunshine and rain when they meet.

Mifuko Trust will donate the shelter to a chosen group of women who can then either decide to use it themselves, or rent it to other communities for special events for example. The shelter will this way provide extra income to the women as well as give them protection from weather when needed. 

The shelter will be provided during year 2018.


Completed projects:



Mifuko Trust was collaborating in summer 2017 with German Little Sun in a campaign that aimed to provide solar lamps for Mifuko’s artisans. The campaign took place in both companies’ webshops: from July 15 to August 15, every 20 € spent in our webshop brought one Little Sun solar lamp to one of the women in Kenya. At the same time, every Little Sun Original sold in Little Sun’s webshop did the same.

Electricity is a rare luxury in rural Kenya, and most people live completely off the grid. Little Sun’s solar lamps enables Mifuko’s artisans to work also in early evening hours so that they can do household work during the daytime. They are able to earn extra income this way and also save money, since they won’t have to buy expensive fuel for kerosene lamps anymore.

Read more about the project in Mifuko Trust's blog!



In summer 2015 Mifuko Trust bought a Kenyan cow with a revenue from two events - Nordic Christmas Market in Nairobi, which took place in December 2014 and Restaurant Day event in Helsinki in May 2015. The cow now lives with a group of Mifuko´s basket makers in a rural village in Machakos county and the artisans, her happy and proud caretakers, named her Mifuko. Mifuko Trust paid vet expenses and a cowshed and the artisans prepared for the arrival of the cow by cultivating fodder for her.

Mifuko’s milk brings the artisans a new source of regular income. Some is spent on cow fodder and the remaining profit goes to an agreed purpose. In the future the group aims to use their savings to build a small house to let and to bring rental income. Working together for a shared goal improves co-operation skills, empowering the whole group.

This story is meant to be ongoing - in due time the future calf of Mifuko will be bringing brighter future for another group of basket makers.



The first Mifuko Trust project took place in 2013 in Kibera, Nairobi´s largest slum. Mifuko helped smith Steve Kine to buy a container where his workshop was located. Steve Kine's landlord was selling the container and Steve was losing his workspace. Finding a new space that met the requirements was a challenge. As the new owner of the container Steve does not have to pay a monthly rent or worry about the future of his workspace any more, which makes his future planning and business developing much easier. Part of the container was paid by Steve Kine and the rest of the money was donated by Mifuko Trust.

Steve Kine is the maker of Mifuko aluminium jewellery and other metal items. He is a self-taught smith and employs Kibera´s slum youth in his workshop.


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