Wholesale Fair Trade African Handmade

Who is Swahili?

Swahili African Modern is an Oregon-based import, design and distribution company.

Swahili's African network includes individual artisans, export agents, and micro-enterprises in nations across Africa. We currently work with producers in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

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 (we're still waiting for Antarctica's first gift shop to open).

Proudly Woman-Owned

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's offices and distribution warehouse are located in Eugene, Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Swahili's wholesale catalog and ordering system are found here at swahiliwholesale.com.

The Swahili Showroom is located in the World Market Center in Las Vegas, Suite C1067.

Swahili exhibits at NY NOW twice a year, in booth 1640 in Global Handmade Design.

Swahili sells directly to Pacific Northwest shoppers through a Swahili retail store in Eugene, Oregon's, Fifth Street Public Market.

Swahili's curated online retail offerings are found at swahilimodern.com.