Handmade - Fair Trade - Ready for Adventure

Our Mission

Swahili Coast's mission is to connect the incredible artistry and talents of East African Artisans to global markets using principles of fairness, dignity, and respect. We strive to support the creation of worker-owned cooperatives and provide continuing support through fair exchange and promotion of workers rights in the East Africa region. We commit to help tend the garden of social change planted by the proud women of East Africa long ago.

Our Principles

We strive to leave the world better than we found it.

Show the world that business can be done better

Develop opportunities for women with fair wages and stable work

Empower women who shape and continue beadwork traditions

Bring traditional East African women's craftsmanship to the global stage

Rebuke the history of colonialism

Collaborate cross-culturally with respect

Promote transparency and fairness

Decolonize American perceptions of Africa

Show the world that business can be done better

Develop opportunities for women with fair wages and stable work

Bring traditional East African women's craftsmanship to the global stage

Empower women who shape and continue beadwork traditions

Collaborate cross-culturally with respect

Rebuke the history of colonialism

Promote transparency and fairness

Decolonize American perceptions of Africa