Olive wood is a wild tree native to East Africa. Olive wood is known for its rich colour, brilliant grain patterns and durability. The antibacterial properties of the olive wood combined with its sturdiness adds another quality to this great kitchen utensil. Mafundi's olive tree products are handcarved by a cooperative in eastern Kenya. The cooperative ensure that economically disadvantaged craftsmen and their families receive a regular income and the opportunity to improve their livelihoods and keep their craft alive.