Founder Leslie Mittelberg lived in Kenya over twenty years ago, where she was captivated by local crafts and art. To widen their market, she created Swahili African Modern, whose Fair Trade practices ensure fair pay to improve artisans’ lives.
Swahili’s totes are made with leftover material from Senegalese prayer mats, which are factory-woven from strands of bright, durable plastic. Widely used in Africa, these mats let families sit and have a meal or work on their crafts. The UN has even used them for refugee sleeping mats.
The extra material from the factory is hand-stitched into colorful totes by Swahili’s skilled craft workers. Fill one up at the farmer’s market, and feel good knowing it benefits African artisans and their families.