Focus: For over 22 years, Swahili has been working directly with individuals and micro-enterprises across Africa to develop a line of fair trade gifts, home decor, furniture and personal accessories for the U.S. gift and retail market. A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Swahili provides fair payment to artisans and export agents, promotes artisan education and encourages sustainable product development practices. Swahili's online wholesale catalog simplifies the process of ordering handmade products from across Africa for retail store buyers by presenting more than 3000 products handcrafted by talented artisans in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. Swahili distributes fair trade African gifts and decor to thousands of retail stores, museums, educational institutions and catalog companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Social Impact: Swahili seeks long-term partnerships with artisans and producer groups, as steady income facilitates growth on many levels within communities.
Category: Accessories, Skincare, Homeware, Decor, Gift, Apparel
Type of Buyer: Distributor, Online Shop
Contact Name: Leslie Mittelberg
Import Experience: Expert
Price Point: $$ (Mid)
Product Focus for 2017/2018: Our catalog offers a wide range of handmade creations, so we always seek to further diversify our offerings with interesting and well-made new products. We value items creatively crafted from renewable natural resources or recycled materials. We also love the challenge of starting out with new artisans in countries where we've never worked before
Trade Shows Visiting in 2017
As Buyer: SIAO, SARCDA, Sources East Africa, NY Now, HIFA, Ambiente
As Exhibitor: Las Vegas Market (permanent showrooms), NY Now
Countries Currently Sourcing From: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal
Terms & Conditions: Potential new partners should be export-ready, with an established bank account, email address and telephone number for ongoing communication
.Other Accreditations: Fair Trade Federation member, Shared Interest buyer