Meet Daraja Imports


Many people around the World have creative business ideas, and in developing countries many are socially and economically marginalized. The producers lack economic opportunity and often face difficult challenges in finding markets and customers for their products. After living in Tanzania for over seven years working with the rural poor, we know this to be a fact. We believe that through partnering with local entrepreneurs in East and Southern Africa, we can help them break out of the burden of poverty. Daraja Imports has set out to make a difference by securing and creating jobs throughout East and Southern Africa. We're making a lasting impact on the budding entrepreneurs in remote places while offering unique, fabulous and high quality Fair Trade products to the public. Every gift has a story, and with every purchase together we are making a difference in the lives of our African Artisans and their families.


josh and renee moose 

Josh and Renee Moose

stewart penick

Stewart Penick



Daraja Imports™, Daraja meaning "Bridge" in Swahili, is a registered Fair Trade company in the USA and we are building an economic bridge between rural East and Southern Africans and the USA. Our mission is to build that bridge to sustainability for the impoverished yet talented and skilled artisans. We have achieved this through partnering with local artisan groups and organizations throughout Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland and South Africa. We are empowering these rural men and women and making a difference in the lives of so many through unique handcrafts that represent a fusion of traditional art form and creative contemporary high quality designs. 

We offer handcrafted items that reflect the highest level of skill and craftsmanship. We partner with many talented African artisans who are conscientious and conduct business in sustainable product development. All products are made by different groups of enterprising, rural men and women, many of whom are widows, a group of physically disabled Tanzanian people, young adults orphaned by genocide and HIV/AIDS, and women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS either personally or within their family. All products are Fair Trade and handcrafted from local, sustainable and/or recycled material. 

Using Fair Trade relationships, Daraja Imports is much more than just a trading partner. We strive to build a personal, mutual, and extensive relationship with the product creators in keeping all of the values of Daraja Imports at the forefront. When you purchase from Daraja Imports you know you have made a difference. As a Fair Trade business we make it easy for every consumer to make a difference in the lives and communities in East and Southern Africa. Many people have hopes and dreams, and together through Fair Trade business relationships we are helping the impoverished realize theirs. Every piece has a story and every purchase makes a difference.