128 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

Swahili Imports, Inc.

Swahili Imports, Inc.

Africa // Kenyan, Africa

Swahili's African network includes individual artisans, export agents and micro-enterprises in the nations of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana and South Sudan.

Swahili's global network includes private collectors and thousands of retail stores, museums, educational institutions, websites and catalog companies sourcing modern fairly traded African products at competitive price points. Professional buyers and store owners sell Swahili's fair trade African creations on six continents.


Leslie Mittelberg founded Swahili Imports, Inc. in June 1995 in Eugene, Oregon. A former resident of Nairobi, Kenya, Leslie named the company "Swahili" after the people of East Africa whose artistry inspired her entrepreneurship.

Swahili Imports, Inc.
Swahili Imports, Inc.
Swahili Imports, Inc.
story and photo courtesy of Swahili Imports, Inc.


128 S Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-5994

Our Partners

Fair Trade Federation Member Sarasota
Green America