Mifuko combines contemporary Finnish design with traditional Kenyan handicraft techniques. The project has one foot in the streets of Helsinki and another in the red land of rural Kenya. The word Mifuko in Swahili means "pocket," and they claim to ensure that everyone has something in their pockets. When you buy Mifuko products you are also contributing to making this dream a reality. Every Kiondo basket is signed by the woman who has made it, this way every basket carries a story of its maker.
The Baba Tree Basket Company Ltd. aspires to a new model of ethical business that sees all of us as partners in an unfolding global transformation. One of the finest producers of the popular Bolgatanga baskets, the founder is surrounded by a team of artisans who produce these practical and colorful baskets - dozens of people who are fairly paid to produce what is best done in Bolgatanga. Besides getting training and a fair price for the production, the artisans also receive a commission on the sales of their baskets. The project supports a new business model - where everyone participates in the positive transformation of the world.
The Soko project has helped over 1300 independent craftsmen transform their mobile phones into business tools, enabling artisan communities in the developing world to not only participate, but also to compete in the challenging world of fashion. On average, artisans' income increases five-fold by working with Soko. Originally founded in Nairobi (Kenya) by three women - Gwendolyn Floyd, Catherine Mahugu and Ella Peinovich - Soko relocated to San Francisco (U.S.A.) in 2015 due to its worldwide success.
All Pebble products are made in Bangladesh by the extremely talented artisans of the Hathay Bunano project, which means "handmade" in Bengali. The aim of the project is to make beautiful toys, create jobs, support Bangladeshi families and spread smiles around the world. By choosing Pebble products you are helping women out of poverty and supporting rural families of Bangladesh!
WomenCraft is a community-driven social enterprise that designs, produces and exports unique home décor items. All their products are hand-woven using natural fibers (such as star grass - "ugwafu", papyrus - "intamyi" or banana bark) and vibrant cotton fabrics from East Africa. Operating from Ngara (Tanzania) within the post-conflict tri-border area of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, WomenCraft employs more than 300 rural East African women, who express their culture and talents to create products that are unique, functional,and durable. The WomenCraft artisans advance themselves, raise stronger families, stimulate their local economies and inspire the world around them.
Ethnotek is so much more than just a bag! It's a celebration of culture, it's a community, it's a global movement! Ethnotek's mission is to keep culture alive by creating high quality products that feature ethically-sourced handmade textiles. One of the key ideas of the project is to celebrate each other's differences. The project partners with artisan villages from Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. An Ethnotek purchase helps to preserve employment in printmaking, weaving and embroidery in the least privileged areas around the globe.
Largely operated by women, Ignite Design's purpose is to create opportunities for people in rural and other marginalised communities to reach their full potential so that they can improve their lives and those of their families. Ignite supports a range of contemporary handcrafted products and provides a range of capacity-building services to help develop technical and business skills, as well as broaden market access through the development of products ready for the international market. Inspired by its unique culture, the vibrant colours and the iconic designs are characteristic of rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Born in Lisbon (Portugal), Orikomi was created in 2013 and is based on developing products that blend origami techniques with lighting. Orikomi products are inspired by simple lines and geometric shapes and are carefully handcrafted using high quality paper in a wide variety of colors. The brand follows the principle that design should be economic and affordable, but also perfectionist and ambitious, especially considering the importance of lighting to guarantee quality in interior spaces.
Teresa Gameiro is a Portuguese brand highly committed to environmental issues: she turns second-hand clothes and industrial textile waste into new raw materials. Based in Fátima (Portugal) her products are both traditional and contemporary - the high quality and elegant products are inspired by life outside big cities. Besides being environmentally sustainable, all the bags are carefully designed and handwoven by weavers older than 60 years who are now the last members of their family to continue this tradition.
Studio Vayehi is a product design studio owned by Katharina Brand and Tzuri Gottlieb, located in Jaffa, an ancient port city next to Tel Aviv (Israel). The German-Israeli designer-maker team created the Studio to emphasise the human dimension in the production process. All Studio Vayehi ecological light accessories are handmade from a wide range of beautiful veneers (thin slices of fine wood). Wood veneer is a wonderful material to work with, as it is flexible, beautiful and creates products which warm up any room.
Bisarro brand emerged as a Design project, strongly linked to Portuguese artisanal traditions and creative origins. With its genesis in black clay, Bisarro intends to value this art and the people who keeps italive. The black pottery is a secular art passed from generation in generation of craftsmen who are dedicated to the production and commercialization of utilitarian and decorative pieces. Therefore, the Bisarro concept is based on the strong symbiosis between the different worlds of design and craftsmanship, from which unique ideas and products result. Bisarro Design always seeks the harmonious combination of traditional and modern looking for new ways that value and boost Portuguese Design.
Ecology, simplicity, originality and respect for traditions are some of the characteristics that sum up the products of MUSGO. A partnership made up of four dedicated hands, Margarida and Rui are looking for creative ways to produce practical eco-design solutions for people who want a simple life - the one they both hold. The Portuguese project comes from Felgueiras (a village close to Porto) and it is directly in their cozy studio in the middle of nature that each piece is created and treated to detail, all done by hand. The ecological character is entirely connected with the uniqueness of each MUSGO lamp: by reusing discarded wood, each piece is unique and unrepeatable. The dedication of the duo is daily and everything is elaborated in detail, a visible result in each of their creations.
CVR or Cooperative for Waste Recovery is made up of 10 incredible women from the island of Principe (São Tomé) who carried forward a brilliant idea: turn the Island's waste into an opportunity for economic and social development. Anabela Pina (current president) was one of the women who went to Estrela Matilde, with the idea of recycling the waste of the island. "Our idea was to turn glass into the sand: we went to the Prince Trust (Foundation where Estrela is now the president) and we made a business plan". These women joined forces and got their hands on the double ambition to protect the biosphere and economically develop the island. How? From used glass they create and design beautiful handmade beads to create unique pieces of jewelry. This year, Estrela Matilde with CVR's project, won the 9th edition of Terre de Femmes Prize (aimed at projects that stand out in the environmental sector), promoted by the Yves Rocher Foundation. CVR products are available exclusively in DOME Ethical Store.