The story of Mifuko starts in 2008, when Mari Martikainen and Minna Impiö together were determined to make high fashion in a way that is sustainable and contributes positively to the world.
Impiö’s family was based in Nairobi at the time, and Martikainen lived in Finland. The duo decided that by combining Finnish design and Kenyan craft(wo)manship, new markets could be conquered. And that’s how Mifuko was founded.
Now, nine years since the very first order, the two-woman company Mifuko has a network of over 500 women producing traditional, Fair Trade certified kiondo baskets that are sent all over the world.
All 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.
Weaving in sisal is a traditional Kenyan handicraft technique. Most of the artisans primarily employ themselves as farmers but making Kiondos and collaborate with Mifuku brings them financial security by providing an important additional income to secure a living also in times of a serious drought and crop failure.
Mifuko Kiondo baskets are hand woven of sisal and food grade plastic, 80% recycled and each basket is unique and comes with a label signed by its maker.
Kiondos are versatile products, come in four sizes and in a variety of colors and distinctive Mifuko stripe patterns. These brilliant 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.
The word mifuko means “pocket” in Swahili and Mifuko wants everyone to win, so the goal is to ensure that no one is left with empty pockets in the end.
Link to Mifuko products here.