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Mifuko artisans

Cecilia&Nicodemus

Cecilia, Nicodemus, Benjamin and David are the makers of Mifuko´s little wooden birds. They carve and paint our owls, bullfinches and many other African and Nordic birds in their own workshop. They have learned the carpenter´s profession from Nicodemus´s parents. Cecilia and Nicodemus are a couple with four kids. They enjoy their work as private entrepreneurs, happily making a living for their family. They can educate their children and take care of Nicodemus´s mother.

Lydia

Lydia is chairwoman of a women´s group making Mifuko Kiondos. She is a cheerful person always full of energy, and she has excellent organizing skills. Lydia says that Making Kiondo baskets for Mifuko has provided her secure income to cover expenses and buy necessities for everyday life and most importantly, to educate her children.

 

Mama Kasee

Mama Kasee, on the right, is a master basket maker and a very determined woman with a strong will and a rippling laughter. She leads a self help group of 40 women in a Machakos county village. Every member of the self help group puts part of their salary in a shared fund, from which any group member can request a loan when in need. Loans with a small interest are granted for example to cover health expenses or children´s school fees.

Milcah Mbwele

Milcah is a 49 years old mother of nine children. She says her special skill is leadership, and because of that she is a chairlady in her local church. Besides of having a talent for leading, she is a good dancer and singer. Her role model is a Tanzanian musician called Rose Muhando. On her free time Milcah enjoys doing bible study with her family. She loves the color white and her favorite meal is Chapatti and stew.  Her friends and family credit her for doing her duties on time and without any hesitation.

Josephine Kile

Josephine Mumbi Kile is a skilled woman who has been weaving Mifuko’s baskets for more than four years in the Uuo Wa Aka women’s group. The group consists of 28 women, who Josephine consider both as friends and co-workers. Her days are quite busy as besides weaving, she has to do household chores. She usually starts her mornings with weaving for an hour, then does her homestead chores and weaves again in the evening. The extra income from working for Mifuko enables her to buy household items such as food and clothes, but also helps paying for her children’s school fees.

Florence Mwanza

Florence is not only talented in weaving baskets:  her main profession is tailoring dresses and other clothes. Her other passion is her vegetable garden, which she hopes will be one day as healthy and well nourished as her friend Josephine Mwanzia’s. The next investment in expanding her garden into a farm is buying a cow and a goat next year, so she is saving up most of her income. Florence’s favorite colors are sky blue and white, while her favorite meal is rice and beef stew.

• Group: Mumo wa Manyala

• Born in 1980

Eunice Kathio

Eunice is a mother of five children who keeps a small grocery store where she sells fruits and vegetables. She uses part of the additional earnings from Mifuko to give tithes to the church and she will buy land in the near future. Her dream is to open a bigger grocery store some day. She looks up to a lady called Agnes Mutuku who is a well known local business woman. Eunice's favorite color is yellow and purple, as you can tell from her dress. Her favorite meal is Githeri, a local Kamba dish.

• Group:  Faith Group

• Born in 1970

Veronica Wayua

Veronica is a talented singer. When she isn’t tending her beautiful garden with spinach, tomatoes and kale or doing house chores, she attends the singing group of her village. She looks up to the chairlady of her group named Felister Muoto. Locals in her village say that Veronica is very hardworking, especially with weaving baskets.The income from Mifuko helps her cater to her homestead needs and daily fees for her children.  Her favorite color is chocolate brown while her favorite meal is ugali, cabbage fried with tomatoes and cornmeal.

• Group: Mutini Group

Rose Mwikali

Rose is a talented singer and sings in her local choir as her main hobby. During her free time she cleans up her homestead, tends to her farm and reads the Bible. Rose loves the colors pink and white, and adores her favourite food Ugali, Cabbage fried with tomatoes. She has had seven children, but unfortunately one passed away. Her friends and family say her most valuable quality is giving. She uses her income from Mifuko to give offerings to her local church and to buy supplies for weaving.

Faith Mutindi

Faith is acknowledged by her family and friends for being a very hardworking and skilled farmer in her village. She grows grows maize and beans in her farm. She is talented in singing, and she plans to join her local church choir. Faith’s favorite colors are white and blue, while her favorite meal is chapatti and beef stew. Her role model is a local lady from her village who is known to be a talented farmer. The extra income she earns from Mifuko helps her pay the school fees for her children, and to save the rest for later use.  

• Group: Ngunduni Group

Jacinta Nzyoka

Jacinta is known in her community as a woman who loves preaching from the bible. She is a talented singer and enjoys singing in her local church choir. Her favorite colors are black and white. Jacinta’s role model in life is a Tanzanian music artist called Rose Muhando, who has produced a lot of gospel songs in East Africa. Her favourite meal is a local Kenyan dish known as Muthokoi, which is made of maize and beans. Weaving Mifuko baskets has taught her commitment to her job.

• Group: Muthini Group

• Born in 1978

Rose Muthoka

Rose has been weaving Mifuko baskets for over six years now. She tends to her farm and other chores during the day and weaves her baskets at night, since she has been able to buy a solar panel that gives light in the dark hours. She can pay the school fees for her three children and still cater to her homestead, while her husband is currently unemployed. Rose gets on very well with the women in her group, fully enjoys weaving baskets, and looks forward to more orders from Mifuko in the future.

• Group: Kanini Kaseo

• Born in 1969

Dorothy Mulewa Munyao

Dorothy has been weaving Mifuko baskets for over three years. She is happy with the progress in her life since she started working for Mifuko. From her earnings, Dorothy has started a chicken farm and plans on expanding it. She is now able to buy chicken food, cater to her children’s school fees and ensure her homestead needs. She is planning to buy a cow in the coming months. She is looking forward to getting more orders from Mifuko, and says she enjoys working with her fellow 30 group members.

• Group: Mumo Kithuluni

• Born in 1966

Esther Nyiva Mutinda

Esther is a widow, who has been weaving baskets for Mifuko for over a year and a half in the Mwanzo Mpya Group. She worried about managing her homestead needs after the passing of her husband, but with the new circumstances provided by Mifuko, she is now content and happy and says her health has improved. She weaves the baskets at around noon or later at night, after finishing her homestead chores. With the money earned from her crafts, she buys her daily essentials such as food, clothing and other homestead needs.

Catherine Mutinda

Catherine knows her special skill is generosity and her friends agree. Her family and friends admire her humble and kind hearted nature. In her free time she likes to spend time relaxing with her family. Her favorite color is red because she loves how vivid it is. Besides weaving, she is talented in hairdressing –  she plaits braids and small cornrows. Her role model is a local Kenyan music artist called Peace Mulu who sings gospel music. Working at Mifuko has taught her responsibility and she loves weaving and and and socialising with other women in the village.

Esther Mutile Kamami

Esther is the oldest basket weaver in her group. She is 74 years old and has 6 children. She enjoys doing little chores, like sweeping her homestead. Her favorite color is purple, and she loves it because of it is a royal and attractive color. Her favorite meal is chapatti: rice, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes. Esther’s role model is one of her daughters, who is a teacher in a local secondary school and her name is Jacinta Mwongeli. Esther's best personal quality is love. Her family and friends love her caring and wise nature and character.

Mary Simon Katumo

55-year-old mother of nine children Mary has a good sense of business; from the money made through weaving, she has been giving small loans out to her friends, and earned some extra from the interest. Her favourite color is blue, and she loves eating ugali and cabbage or kale.  Her role model from her village is a headteacher, who works at a high school called Syeluni Secondary School. Mary has a special skill in farming and considers it to be her personal strength. People around her admire her hardworking spirit and brilliant farm.

Agnes Mutuku

Agnes has lots of cattle, and has a special skill for farming. People in her village know she is hardworking and they admire the love she has for her farm. To relax she tends to her homestead and spends time with her husband. Her hobbies include studying the bible, and her favourite meal is white rice and spinach. She looks up to her husband, who encourages her to work hard. Her husband Jackson Mutuku is a builder of houses and other buildings in their village.

• Group: Arise and Shine Group

• Born in 1958

Catherine Mumbi

Catherine has a talent and passion for farming, and has found ways to irrigate her crops despite the harsh weather conditions in her village. She looks up to a woman named Mary Martin, who is a business lady in her local area. She enjoys singing in her free time to relax, and tends to her farm of French beans, kale and spinach. Her favorite color is blue and all its different shades. Catherine is very responsible, and her friends and family love her for her kindness. At first she didn’t know how to weave, but she has been taught the skill by other women.

Winfred Wanza Kioko

Winfred is known as Winnie in her local village. Her hobby is cooking and her favorite meal is chapatti and stew. In her free time she enjoys spends time with her children, often helping them with their schoolwork. She is a talented singer, and she sings in her local church choir. Winnie's favorite colors are sky blue and black. She considers a business woman in her village, called Monica Tom, to be her role model. Winnie is known to produce the best baskets, since she’s been weaving for a long period of time.