#SustainableSummer – Shopping for a good cause

July 2017

Have a sustainable summer with Mifuko and Little Sun and help us bring light to women groups in Kenya

This summer, Little Sun joins forces with Finnish designers Minna and Mari from Mifuko for a special mission. From July 15 to August 15, every Little Sun Original sold in our webshop and every 20 Euros spent in Mifuko’s online shop will bring one solar-powered Little Sun Original to a women of the Mifuko self-help group in Kenya. The women live in rural communities in the Machakos region and craft Mifuko’s beautiful Kiondo baskets. Together with you, we want to provide lamps to all 650 women.

Being part of Mifuko enables the female artisans to invest in their farms, send their children to school and make plans for the future. But in rural Kenya, as in many areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, people suffer from a lack of clean lighting sources. So close to the equator the sun sets early in the day, between 6 and 7 pm all year round. Without access to lighting sources, the structure of entire communities is affected. Education levels drop, as children cannot study after sunset. Working hours are limited to daytime and income is reduced. Medical care, such as delivering babies at night, becomes more dangerous to provide. The quality of time together cooking and socialising is compromised.

For the women creating the Mifuko baskets, this means doing all their household chores as well as baskets during daytime. When working after sunset, they are forced to use expensive kerosene lamps, which are unhealthy and big fire hazards.

Together, Mifuko and Little Sun want to bring Little Sun Original solar lamps to the women’s group in Kenya, giving them the chance to focus on making the baskets during the day and do household chores in the evenings with the help of their solar light. Additionally, their children will be able to study, not risking burning themselves or inhaling dangerous smoke from kerosene lamps anymore.

This is why we need you!

From July 15 to August 15, every Little Sun Original sold in our Little Sun webshop will bring one Little Sun to one of the women in Kenya. At the same time, every 20€ spent in Mifuko’s webshop will do the same.

Have a look at the beautiful Mifuko baskets and start shopping!
www.mifuko.fi

And of course, if you don’t own a Little Sun Original yet or know someone who should get one, now is the time:
littlesun.com/product/little-sun-original

Follow #SustainableSummer and #LittleSunxMifuko on Facebook and Instagram for special offers and news!

Minna and Mari from Mifuko already introduced the artisans to Little Sun. Miriam, Regina and Agnes tested the lamps and shared their feedback with us. See below!

Agnes and Miriam both said that they will be using the lamp for cooking and for weaving. Agnes now also uses the Little Sun lamp to get up early in the morning and prepare breakfast for her children. Regina is happy not having to use the kerosene lamp anymore because of the smoke.

 

Photos

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Post: Heléne Wikström, Mifuko