Rediscovering traditional baskets in contemporary design and fashion
In 2017, when the Kenyan government banned single use plastic bags, Shiku started her business: Kirembo Kirembo.
She saw the opportunity of replacing plastic with the traditional Kenyan baskets that are hand woven. The baskets are composed of a natural fiber called sisal, which grows in the semi-arid areas of Kenya. Thus, they are 100% biodegradable and environmental-friendly products. Each basket is unique, thus it is hand-made.
“I am passionate about handmade Kiondo baskets, especially those made in Kenya. My late grandmother used to weave and sell Kiondo and I am very conscious of keeping up with this tradition.” Shiku Maina, Kirembo Kirembo's founder.
Kiondos are pure Kenyan craftmanship!
Shiku's Business in a snapshot
Home Decor & Fashion.
35-50 years especially women.
PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION
Weaved in Ukambani and brought/sent every 2 weeks to the leather artisan for leatherworks, if needed, before being taken to the store.
ACTUAL TEAM & FINANCE
2 leather artisans,
1 salesperson engaged if needed.
1. Improve production process, especially with custom and bulk orders
3. Collaborate with someone skilled as HR to help selecting people
4. Website development. to give the business more credibility and structure.
5. Systems -for managing stocks and finances
6. Cost effective shipping
What can I do?
Thanks to Nampelka, you can become an active element of the business by supporting Shiku in 2 different ways.
Make your choice & be part of creating impact for Shiku!