About Our Family Business


Welcome to our African Everything Online Store, an extension of Maendeleo Imports and Thank You God Bless. 

We are a family based business that specializes in selling unique African Baskets, Fabrics and Artifacts. The African Imports Business was started by Mary Ogwel as a request by her dying mother to form something that would help Women come together to help each other step out of poverty in Kenya. MAENDELEO in Swahili means “Women’s Progress”.

Mary travels to Kenya annually & imports handmade baskets from there & other parts of the continent from the women weavers in the villages such as Ghana, South Africa, Mali & Tanzania to name a few. Mary then spends time throughout the year travelling to various parts of the USA to sell these lovely baskets at Quilting Conventions, Tradeshows, State Fairs etc. She is helped by her two sons & daughter in law Otieno, Michael & Rashawnda Ogwel & as a family unit they are helping in the villagers progression.

By purchasing a product from us, you are helping aide the women weavers & their villages to progress out of poverty so they can better provide for food, health & education for their families.  They are able to start small business' locally, build training facilities and improve their farming from our support as importers of their products to the US. Feel free to share our family story along with others; purchase a lovely basket as a gift to bless someone & yourself.

Show us how you use our baskets by taking pictures of it’s use in & around your house, tag our InstaGram page @AfricanBaskets and Interact with our Blog. Shop Online as we showcase new products & our Family's Adventures.

Thank You & God Bless
Maendeleo Imports