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About the Artisans

Since 1995, Swahili has focused on building a network of talented African artisans through conscientious and sustainable product development. Your purchases build prosperity in African communities. 

Social Responsibility:  Swahili believes in the potential for a sustainable network of trade between Africa and the United States. Since every transaction that occurs influences how African producers perceive American business, company operations center on responsible practices that promote growth and cultural affinity.

Artisan Advancement:  Swahili extends each artisan's channel of trade from local markets to the global marketplace, all the while allowing artisans to work from the comfort of their own homes and communities. Secure in the knowledge that the fair payment they receive will not be reduced by traveling expenses, childcare costs and haggled prices, most artisans in the Swahili network promote their family's future by using earnings to put food on the table and pay educational expenses for their children.

Environmental Stewardship:  Swahili works with producers across Africa who value their natural environment and employ sustainable methods of production. Artisans are required to abide by local and export regulations governing the legal harvest of hardwoods to ensure compliance with U.S. import standards and to uphold proper management of their local forest resources.  Artisans are encouraged to utilize materials fully by converting scraps into salable products Artisans are encouraged to utilize recycled, reclaimed and highly renewable materials in product design, and to isolate new sources of low-cost materials. Artisans are advised to use production methods that increase productivity and minimize artisan discomfort

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20% of our profits support, protect, and empower women, children, and animals.

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Outstanding customer service from a small woman-owned business.

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