Maendeleo African Baskets
Maendeleo is a for-profit social enterprise based in the USA. Founded in 1993 by Mary Ogwel, we specialize in African textiles, fabrics, baskets, jewelry, bags, batiks and wall hangings.
We join the ongoing global initiative to promote fair trade in African countries while actively supporting African women and their daughters in the fight against poverty. We currently support, train and partner with women in rural villages in various parts of Africa. The women, whose ages range from eighteen to eighty-five, work together in co-operative groups year round creating beautiful handmade items. The designs for all of our items are traditional patterns that have been passed down from one generation to another.
We provide each group with an opportunity to sell and market their items online and at trade-shows, exhibitions and events throughout the United States.
With your support we have been able to assist our women groups and their families with housing, food and educational expenses.