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Empowered Women, Empower Women

“All I can say is, keep on supporting us. I’ll use this opportunity to lift the lives of other people from the region.” – H. {Partner Artisan} Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day of huge importance at Swahili Coast.   Of all the challenges we’re working to solve, we’re hugely passionate about lifting…

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What Is A Worker-Owned Cooperative?

The model of the worker-owned cooperative is used all over the world, but is less familiar to many Americans. We fund cooperative development through our sales and we prioritize working with co-ops whenever possible–our main partners in Kenya and Tanzania are worker-owned co-operatives. While co-ops can vary widely in structure, size, and industry, the basic…

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What is Ethical Leather?

As an ethical company doing our best to work responsibly with our artisan partners as well as the environment, we get asked a lot about where our leather comes from, so I wanted to address this question and explain a little bit about the environment for cattle in Tanzania. First off, all of our leather comes…

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Inclusive Business: Providing Opportunities to our Tanzanian Partners

Swahili Coast is a business. Like many small business owners, we want to harness the power of the market to improve the lives of people we love–although in our case, the people we love are not just our family and friends here at home, they are also our (very) extended family and friends in Tanzania.…

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