Who we are
Handmade in Lesotho (PTY) Ltd is a private sector company that has been established as the sustainable result of the seven year craft sector development programme delivered through the Irish not for profit organisation Action Lesotho. It is proud to be the central marketing and sales platform for 17 independently owned and run craft companies.
Handmade in Lesotho is founded by Mantai Mpesi who has worked for over 2 years as the Craft Sector Development Officer for Action Lesotho and gained her experience of marketing and sales during this time.Our aim is to promote and sustain livelihoods for the craft artisans who are making products for Handmade in Lesotho.
What we do
We sell niche market, contemporary and traditional crafts. We ensure that craft skill is alive and passed on to the next generation. We promote craft of excellence that is made with so much passion, thoughtfulness and attention to detail to produce the highest quality products from Basotho weavers and wool crafters, leather artisans, basket and jewellery makers as well as textile groups.
These are groups who often have had very little formal education but who have amazing skill through which they support their families. It has been an incredible and inspiring journey that humbles and touches the heart to see a hobby transform into a stable business.
We offer buyers a professional and efficient service ensuring that orders are completed in a timely fashion and to the highest quality. Very beautiful and functional items that can be used on a daily basis. Our products are very unique and stylish just the way you like them. They can also be customised to your needs.
Lesotho Crafters' Journey
It has been a humbling journey since 2011, when it was concluded that virtually there is no one in Lesotho producing crafts suitable for international market. Today, we have built sustainable group of companies who can support their families through crafts. Its a huge transformation, We are now producing unique, top quality, hard wearing items that compete with the best in the world.
We are working tirelessly with people who love and cherish handmade products, bringing together different skill set, people we share the same vision with: to bring out classic designs, high quality products and best presentation of Lesotho crafts .
All the product photography and videos in this store are done by Action Lesotho's Anthony O'Connor on his visit to Lesotho. See more of his work here
We believe in giving back; a percentage of Handmade in Lesotho 's earning will be donated to Action Lesotho breakfast programme each year. Purchasing items through this store makes it possible to help some of the world’s most vulnerable kids with breakfast, create jobs for unemployed people who have unbelievable craft skills.