Add a pop of color to your home with this gorgeous Kiondo basket from Merry-Go-Strong! Woven from either sisal, sisal and yarn, or crochet with yarn, these Kiondo baskets are handmade in Tharaka Nithi, Kenya by women partnered with the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program.
Merry-Go-Strong was founded on the premise that good design has the power to change people’s lives. The mission of Merry-Go-Strong is to nurture sustainable grassroots development, with core goals to help girls and women gain confidence, make connections, and celebrate their abilities to be makers and artisans.
MGS works with women enrolled in the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) and provides them with resources to start their own Kiondo basket businesses. MGS buys the baskets at a fair price and proceeds from the resale of the baskets go towards community projects.
Merry-Go-Strong is partnered with UW-Madison. Students from across campus have worked on projects to benefit the women of TWWP.
Meet the Maker!
Luigia, from Tharaka Nithi, Kenya