Our Story

Educated in Uganda, neighbouring Kenya, and in England, the country of their birth, Sandra and Sonia Muhwezi are the Ugandan sisters and brains behind Ihato. Their exposure to such rich and varying cultures gave them an awareness of the opportunities presented: from the interest of friends in crafts they had around their school dorms, or the jewellery they were wearing, and the fascination with the stories and history behind them. The sisters' unique position as third culture kids afforded them the ability to bridge the gap between these cultures, bringing the authentic jewellery crafted by our talented artisans directly to the ethical, conscious consumer. Ihato is that bridge.

Ihato describes the intrinsic resilience and determination possessed by an individual, in the Runyankore language of Western Uganda. Ihato sources handcrafted, original contemporary jewelry and accessories made from ethnic materials in rural Uganda for the modern consumer around the globe. Ihato bridges the gap between artisans and consumers, providing fair trade opportunities to entrepreneurs, and handcrafted pieces to mindful consumers who value quality and authenticity.