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PERFECT SUMMER BASKETS

Our basket bags are ideal for picnic, shopping or just to style your outfit.

100 % HANDMADE

Our baskets and bags are created using traditional weaving methods.

FAIR TRADE

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

KANDILI CANDLE HOLDERS

Talented Finnish designer Hanna Anonen created new Kandili candle holder series for Mifuko.

WOODEN ORNAMENTS

Bunny, penguin, tall tit to name a few. Our wooden ornaments have been made of fallen jacaranda tree branches.

MIFUKO STORIES

Blog: Our wooden dove and stars are created in partnership with MADE51

Mifuko is proud 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.

Fair Trade's 10 Principles

The WFTO Guarantee System establishes compliance with the WFTO Fair Trade Principles, covering everything from the business model, to the organisational structure, operations and supply chain. 

As a WFTO guaranteed member, Mifuko is committed to the 10 Principles of the WFTO. We consistently strive to apply them to their fullest in everything we do. The following a brief overview of how we use these principles in our work.

WFTO's Principle 1 Opportunities for disadvantaged producers

Mifuko works with hundreds of artisans, mostly women in rural Kenya, who produce basket, carpets, bags, ornaments and more. Over 90 per cent of these artisans are economically disadvantaged. The products they make for Mifuko provide a vital source of supplementary income.
WFTO's Principle 2 Transparency and accountability

We regularly travel to meet artisans and self-help groups in Kenya, and our local consultant makes frequently visits with the artisans. These meetings include planning methods for capacity building and business improvements, discussing craft and quality, health issues, sustainability and so forth.
WFTO's Principle 3 Fair Trade practices

We ensure all payments are passed on to the artisans, and we strive to establish long-term relationships that are based on trust and mutual respect. Mifuko provides 50 % advance payment on placed orders, and the remaining half is paid when the order is completed. Further, we never cancel orders or reject deliveries.

WFTO's Principle 4 Fair payment

We follow an inclusive business model that makes creating positive change in low-income communities a fundamental strategy for success. The starting point is establishing a fair payment in exchange for the products we get from artisans. We use Living Wage Ladder tool provided by the WFTO to help determine payments, but ultimately, the amount is agreed upon together with the artisan’s local community.

WFTO's Principle 5 No child labour, no forced labour

Through our visits and self-help groups, the well-being of artisans and their families is regularly monitored. The extra income artisans earn from Mifuko also means families can afford to send their children to school instead of work.
In addition, we also work closely with our material suppliers to ensure conformance to labour laws, and we rely on well-established logistics and transportation providers who have their own monitoring systems.
WFTO's Principle 6 No Discrimination, gender equity, freedom of association

The majority of Mifuko’s artisans are women between 29 and 70 years of age who are members of self-help groups which are essential to building gender equality. Although the majority of the artisans are women, all adults, regardless of gender, are welcome to join self-help groups and weave baskets for Mifuko.

WFTO's Principle 7 Good working conditions

We work to make producing Mifuko products as safe as possible. The materials, which are free of toxins and safe to handle, are delivered to the artisans, and finished products are collected from the villages. This saves artisans from having to make potentially dangerous trips to markets. Artisans can also work when it suits them best, such as during the farming off-season or while breast feeding.

WFTO's Principle 8 Capacity building

Mifuko works together with artisans on product development and quality improvement issues including better finishing skills. These activities help the artisans improve the quality of their work and develop their business acumen. We also aim to enhance the skills of self-help group leaders who play a major role in the development of the group as whole.
WFTO's Principle 9 Promote fair trade

To raise awareness of the importance of fair trade, Mifuko promotes the WFTO through its digital communications, product stories, as well as at exhibitions and events. Fairness permeates everything we do, and we make it point to share the importance of that with our customers and partners.

WFTO's Principle 10 Respect for the environment

Mifuko products are handmade using local and recycled materials whenever possible. Packaging materials are kept to a minimum, and optimal transport (along with efficient packing) help minimise our carbon footprint. We let nothing go to waste. Timeless designs and high-quality construction ensure our products have a long and useful life.



Further reading

Read more about our Fair Trade practices and Mifuko

Learn more about what it means to be radically sustainable and have a positive impact.

Read our latest sustainability report to learn about the impact of our business.

Mifuko Trust was founded to tackle poverty and increase the well-being of our artisans.

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