MIMCO Unite Basket


91% Women

96% of artisans paid for school fees with their income

15 Community groups, 100% worker satisfaction 

5% of the artisans saved their earnings, and  41% invested in education, health, housing and small businesses

Materials used

Brass metals extracted from broken taps and padlocks

Sisal fibre collected from farms in Kibwezi region

Locally sourced cotton wax print fabric used for lining

Fact File

The baskets were woven in the evening as the cooler temperatures create a tighter weave and a stronger structure.

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“I am a single mother of eight. I live with disability since I lost one eye and I am the sole provider for my family. I appreciated the MIMCO OND 2017 order as it gave me the opportunity to work and to earn decent income and provide food for my family during a very difficult time of drought.”

Constency Zachariah, 52 years old


“I am a mother of seven; one is disabled. I beaded the tassel caps for MIMCO OND 2017 order. It was my first time to work in a conducive working environment. The income from the order gave me credit power. I felt more confident to make decisions in my house.”

Emily Kamato, 49 years old


“I am a father of two. I worked on MIMCO OND 2017 order using brass casting skills producing at least 700 units in a day. The order contributed to my vision of establishing my own workshop. I used the income to pay school fees, buy new clothes
for my wife and children, feeding my family and saved all the left over to invest in the future.”

Richard Ochien’g, 25 years old


“I am a single mother of one. I worked on MIMCO OND 2017 order as a tailor for the linings. I used the income from the order to pay my rent, pay third term school fees for my child and saved which I intend to invest.”

Lucy Wamuchi, 27 years old

People first. Fair supply chain. Living wages. Dignified working conditions.

We carry out a Social Impact Report for every collection made in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative. 

Social workers are embedded in the communities in which we work, and closely monitor the implementation of our code of conduct. 

Extensive data is collected to carefully measure the impact of each order, to ensure that the work is positively impacting the lives of the artisans and that our projects are working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.