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EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Mifuko's wonderful baskets help you organise your home and to find the right place for everything from small toys to pillows.

100 % HANDMADE

We believe that a happier future is made by hand.

FAIR TRADE

We have committed to putting people and planet first in everything we do. 

LOVELY ORNAMENTS

Our ornaments have been handcarved from fallen jacaranda tree branches.

CANDLE HOLDERS

Our candle holders are handmade and create the perfect ambiance.

MIFUKO STORIES

Learn more about our work in Kenya.

Mifuko is a proud member of World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), the highly regarded global community of social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. WFTO members must demonstrate they put people and the planet first, adhering to the WFTO Fair Trade Principles.

Artistic collaborations

Johanna Tirronen

Photographer Johanna 'Uupi' Tirronen began collaborating with us in 2010, traveling to Kenya with Minna and Mari to meet Mifuko's local partners. Uupi's authentic personal touch is easily recognized in her photographs. With her deep insight and appreciation of Mifuko's designs, she brings out the form and essence beautifully in each of her photographs.

Helene Wikström

Helene Wikström, a Swedish photographer, lived in Kenya for many years. During that time, she photographed the Kenyan landscape and has taken the magnificent portraits of Mifuko artisans.

Aino Huhtaniemi

Minna and Mari began their collaboration with Aino in 2019 when she started as her first project photographing Mifuko bags.

Design collaborations

Chloé

In partnership with the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and Mifuko, Chloé launched its the first fair trade verified luxury collection. The baskets were woven in collaboration with Mifuko, and embellished with the Woody ribbon and leather strap in Chloe manufacturer in Spain. Products are sold in selected Chloé retailers.

Finarte

Finarte is a family-owned company from Kotka, Finland, that creates woven carpets in collaboration with socially responsible producers in India. Minna and Mari designed a mat for Finarte inspired by Mombasa, Nakuru and Turkana that reflects the warmth of Africa’s colours, sun, fragrant spices and sea breeze.

Hanna Anonen

Hanna has designed magnificent soapstone candleholders for Mifuko. A Helsinki-based designer, Hanna has an industrial design degree from the Lahti Institute of Design as well as a Master of Arts degree from Aalto University. Hanna's playful and colourful style fits in perfectly with Mifuko. The candleholders are made at a Fair Trade workshop in Kenya.

Lapuan Kankurit

We are pleased and honoured to be able to collaborate with Lapuan Kankurit, a family business in Lapua, Finland, that weaves textiles with responsibility and respect for the environment. Inspired by Kenyan colours and landscape, Minna and Mari combined traditional Kenyan colours with Finnish sensibilities in beautiful linen designs. The first linen collections draw inspiration from Kenyan landscapes around Tsavo, Meru, Watamu and Lewa.

Organizations

MADE51

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) founded Made51 to bring together refugee artisans and international companies. Mifuko started its journey with MADE51 in 2019, collaborating with Kapya Kitungwa and his workshop to produce ornamental wooden birds. Mr. Kitungwa is a Congolese refugee now living in Nairobi, Kenya. His workshop employs other Congolese refugees living in Kenya.

Genelec

Genelec International creates world-renowned audio equipment and software solutions for studios, homes, education and research. Mifuko is pleased to be a tenant in their office building in Helsinki. In cooperation with Genelec, Minna and Mari have done interior design work for the Helsinki office and other Genelec properties.

World Fair Trade Organization

The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global community of Fair Trade companies. WFTO maintains a guarantee system, ensuring that its members are truly Fair Trade companies. Their members are pioneers of business models that put people and the planet first. Mifuko has been a member of WFTO since 2014.

Further reading

Our story

Mifuko has been radically sustainable since the foundation. We love the fusion of Nordic design with African handicraft.

Story of two friends

Read how it all began from two Finnish friends and their passion to materials and design, and desire to have positive impact. 

Story of 800 artisans

Each Mifuko product carries the name of the artisan who made it. Get to know our artisans in Kenya.

Mifuko Stories

In our blog, we tell you more about our work in Kenya, greetings from the artisans, and fair trade.

The Finnish and Kenyan project managers, Peter Manyolo and Anita Lintula, took up the challenge in late 2021 and applied for funding from Fingo Powerbank to create community-based innovations. Community-led innovation is about ordinary people developing and testing solutions that benefit the whole community. Together with Butterfly Works, a Dutch organisation, Fingo Powerbank trained the applicant organisations with co-creation with the users of the product in design thinking methods.
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We interviewedEevi about her product experience, and she brought pictures of her Mifuko products at home with her family members.
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Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) has verified Mifuko as a genuine social enterprise in August 2022 on the basis of the Guarantee process set by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) of which Mifuko is a certified member.
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