Lucy & Jo with Friends


Lucy & Jo with friends is our collaboration with artists across Kenya and Uganda to create beautiful lifestyle accessories for you and thriving livelihoods for them. Combining traditional craftsmanship with modern design we serve as a channel for these talented artists to access a larger market. We know the people behind our products, regularly visit their workshops & communities and, when needed, provide support with tools, equipment or training.

Matumaini Children’s Home - Kenya

Wool Felt Animals ~ Employs 20 Women

Matumaini means ‘hope’ in Swahili. When a Japanese woman, Teruko, founded the orphanage nearly thirty years ago she also wanted to find a way to empower women in the local community to care for their children. By bringing to life these adorable animals, Teruko has transformed the lives of these women. We asked the women how working at Matumaini has impacted their lives and here are just a few of the things they said:

“It helps me a lot. I can give my daughter an education.” – Sarah Nijeri

“It has given me courage and confidence in doing things with my own thinking.” – Monicah Warijiru

 “It has helped me so much because I can educate my children and buy food for them so they are happy and so I am happy to!” – Lucy Wanjiilo