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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.

The idea of Mifuko was born amongst the colourful bustle of a market in Nairobi, Kenya. Minna lived in Kenya at the time, and her close friend Mari was visiting. They had become acquainted while studying textile design at Aalto University. As they wandered around the market they were amazed by the craftsmanship of the artisans selling their goods. Shortly thereafter in 2009, Minna and Mari founded Mifuko with a clear goal: combine Nordic design and traditional African handicraft skills to form a business that directly benefits the people of rural Kenya.

Today Mifuko is a successful Fair Trade company, and our work is ever more urgent. In Kenya, climate change has led to recurring droughts making farming, traditionally the primary source of income and sustenance, an unreliable foundation for a stable livelihood. The income artisans earn from Mifuko helps ensure families are fed and cared for when crops can no longer provide security.

Minna's story

In 2008 I was living in Kenya with my family when Mari came to visit. As we explored the markets in Nairobi, we were inspired by the handcraft skills of the artisans. We had an idea to combine our design skills with traditional techniques found in Kenya to create sustainable design with a personal twist.

I am grateful to have the possibility to build long-term relationships with the artisans and their self-help groups. For me, it is important that through Mifuko, we can create and design in a way that is sustainable and contributes positively to the world.

Mari's story

It’s been a great journey since Minna and I started Mifuko. We met for the first time in 1996 and studied together at what used to be called University of Art and Design Helsinki, now Aalto University.

Working with Mifuko is creative and fun! Our co-operation with different countries and cultures and of course, making a social impact are very important to me. I love continuously developing new designs with Minna and working closely with our talented artisans to test new materials and find new ideas. Materials, techniques and collaboration with producers and designers are my source of inspiration.

Joy of working together

Meeting with artisans is the most rewarding part of our work, seeing the work of hands and hearts. When we visit Kenya, we meet with the artisans to openly discuss where we have succeeded and where we need to improve. We also give the artisans the feedback we get from our customers which is truly rewarding for them. We also encourage artisans to tell us about their wishes and the challenges they face in order to improve our work together.

Further reading

Our story

Work of hands and hearts. Learn more about Mifuko and who we are, and how we do business where everyone wins.

Mifuko Stories

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

Artisan Stories

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

Fair trade

Mifuko is a proud member of WFTO and committed putting people and planet first in everything we do.

The plastic used in Mifuko's baskets is surplus and recycled plastic. The baskets are highly durable, so the carbon footprint of the plastic is minimal.
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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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