Mifuko Blog

Why empowering women is the solution to tackle poverty

Daniela Tapprest | Mifuko

Extreme poverty, i.e. people living with less than $1.90 a day, has tremendously declined in 25 years – from 36% of the World’s population in 1990 to 10% in 2015. However, since 2013 the rate of decline has slowed and more and more of the extreme poverty is concentrating in specific regions. Such a region is the Sub-Saharan Africa, where forecasts indicate that by 2030 nearly 9 in 10 of the extreme poor will live in.

The History of Kiondo Baskets

Mifuko Kiondo basket

Daniela Tapprest | Mifuko

The tradition of weaving baskets in Makueni region in Kenya started in the early 1930's. The women weaved baskets for various uses, such as shopping, carrying goods in the markets, storing food, spices and water, and giving as gifts at weddings. However, the main use for baskets was during the harvesting season to carry fruits and vegetables.