Baskets and Beads Kenya

Empowering Women, Educating Children

Creating sustainable social enterprises and building self sustaining families through entrepreneurship one woman at a time.

Hand crafted fair trade baskets, beads, home and other products from women in poverty in Kenya.  We are a social enterprise incubator building sustainable social enterprises through teaching entrepreneurship, empowering education and remediating poverty and poverty mindset.

Fair Trade Federation Member.

Owner Profile

Eldonna Fernandez

Eldonna Fernandez is a retired Air Force Veteran with a 23-year career as a contract specialist in the US Air Force and several years in the defense industry as a Contracts Manager and Negotiator. She has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of domestic and international contracts. Eldonna founded Baskets and Beads Kenya  in 2018, which is a micro enterprise incubator that helps women in Kenya eradicate poverty through developing businesses including farming and hand crafted fair trade products which are sold here in the US.   Baskets and Beads Kenya is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation which rigorously screens its members to ensure compliance with and commitment to Fair Trade Practices.   Eldonna has authored two books: Think Like A Negotiator and GoPINK Rules of Engagement.  She is a Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker one of less than 100 who received this professional speaking designation. Today she will share with us how Baskets and Beads Kenya is changing the lives of women in poverty in Kenya and the exciting projects they are working on.