Katundu was founded in 2006 by Suzie Lightfoot with the objective of empowering women through artisanal training and a sustainable income. Run by Lisa Njakale and Phillirani Mwase, our current workshop reflects this vision by employing a permanent team of 32 artists, about 75% of whom are ladies related to the local orphan program (single mothers and orphan-carers). We are firm believers in the power of job creation to alleviate poverty. Jobs provide a sustainable income whilst also instilling pride, dignity and purpose, giving people the skills and knowledge to improve their own circumstances. Our focus on sustainability is not limited to creating a sustainable form of income in Malawi; we place as much importance on the impact of our products themselves. Combining ethical production with recycled and sustainable materials - whilst also maintaining an emphasis on quality - has resulted in an innovative and diverse product range.
Phili is our always smiling production manager. With a keen eye for design Phili keeps track of our piecework program and ensures high quality craftsmanship.
Lisa has been with us since the beginning. Now more than 10 years! Lisa runs the daily operations of our workshop but is also still one of our most talented artisans. Some of our stunning statement pieces where made by Lisa.
Faith is one of our two female carpenters. She has been trained to work with different types of wood such as local blue gum and recycled boat wood. Most of our recycled boat frames are made by Faith and Vera.
Our Workshop is located on the shore of Lake Malawi, Likoma Island. Here our team of 32 artisans create the complete range of products seen on this website. Glass is tumbled on site, clay beads are rolled in the local villages, and abandoned fishing boats are turned into wall art. If you do make it to Likoma, we are happy to show you around. We are opened Monday till Friday 0730 - 1430 and Saturday 0730 - 1130