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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

Mifuko's ornaments have been handcarved from fallen jacaranda tree branches.

LIMITED EDITION SCARVES

Skafu silk-cotton scarves have been handwoven in Ethiopia in a Fair Trade workshop.

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.

Launched in January 2021, the WASH and Grow! project has made consistent progress on ecological sanitation, strengthened local civil society by supporting the establishment of Mifuko Women Development CBO, a women artisans' own grassroots level organisation, and established effective cooperation with local government.
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French luxury fashion house Chloé andMifuko collaboration began in 2021in the midst of the pandemic. Since then,Mifuko's artisans have been weaving baskets for Chloé, to whichChloé adds their own design elements to create a co-branded collection.
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Francis Ogonga and Mifuko have been working together since 2009. Gololi Crafts, a social enterprise, produces a variety of handicrafts from local eco-friendly materials, employing disadvantaged women and widows. The ceramic stars in our collection are made by Gololi Crafts.
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