Meyelo's story began in 2008, after a life changing trip to Kenya, Africa. Taken by its beauty, culture and her love for the people, Carmen Myers founded a non-profit organization to help find sustainable ways to reduce poverty. After six years of working with local communities, Carmen set out to build new opportunities for talented artisans who had passion and drive yet lacked access to the global market. And that's when Meyelo was born.
Meyelo was created to transform from traditional aid into a sustainable business model committed to creating lasting change through dignified career opportunities. As a women-led team, they believe both men and women living in Kenya can be leaders through development, mentorship and employment. Meyelo now has over 120 artisans who work with them and are building their own small businesses. Meyelo believes that when you provide artisans with education, training, creative design and an international marketplace to sell their work, you create long-term opportunity that extends to their families and ultimately helps their communities break the cycle of poverty.