Out of interest in development cooperation, company founder Irmtraud Schmidt undertook a trip to Kenya in 1996 as part of a voluntary work for a private aid organization. During her 6-week stay, she got to know the Kazuri ceramics factory, which further emphasized her love for handicrafts from all over the world.
Little by little, the idea arose to help create jobs and thus secure the livelihood of many locals, especially women, by importing handicrafts from Kenya. This trade has been practiced as a part-time job since 1998 – but after a few years the success was so great that “mekhada” was able to enter the market as an independent company.
What mekhada represents:
- Fair trade jewelry and fine accessories from fair trade
- Production by small craft businesses
- Traditional handicraft
- Natural, local materials
- Environmentally friendly manufacturing and processing methods such as B. non-toxic paints (azo-free)
- Materials and craft skills brought into a modern form