Milwaukee’s Newest Artisans comprise a group of 12 women originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who now live in Milwaukee. Beautiful handmade baskets, mats, and tote bags are created by upcycled plastic bags. They are supported by one of Milwaukee’s Newest Nonprofits, Why Not Now Missions, whose mission is to empower vulnerable populations to reach their full potential.
As a group, they recently surpassed the $10,000 mark in sales in less than a year of participating at events throughout the city. As of April 3, 2019 they have sold 514 baskets,saved 31,980 plastic bags from going into the landfill, and earned $10,375. Every single penny goes to the artisan who made the item, but more importantly they learn new skills and are filled with a new sense of hope. The women are proud to share their talents with a community that has been so welcoming to them and are very grateful for the support they’ve received..
Milwaukee’s Newest Artisans are currently looking for opportunities to sell their baskets at wholesale. Contact them via their website or email for inquiries: