Phoenix Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival 2012

•January 26, 2012 • 4 Comments




JAN 26-28TH 10AM-5PM

New Kiosk Location at the Tempe Marketplace (Open Daily)

•November 29, 2011 • 3 Comments




After many months of travelling and preparation, we are pleased to announce our new Location in Tempe Arizona. We are now at the Tempe Marketplace located at 2000 E. Rio Salado at the Kiosk next to the Food Courts and in front of the Movie Theatres. Come stop by, buy a basket and pose for a picture with us at the Kiosk and tag yourselves on our page.

Come purchase a basket for the holidays and feel free to shop our online store at


We are a family based business that specializes in selling unique African Baskets, Fabrics and Artifacts. The 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 Stan, Michael & Rashawnda Ogwel & as a family unit they are helping in the villagers progression.

By purchasing a product from our Kiosk at the Tempe Marketplace, 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. 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 it on our page Interact with our Blog & Shop Online as we showcase new products & Mary’s Adventures.

Thank You, God Bless


•November 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Hello Friends, this is Mary Ogwel owner of Maendeleo African Imports.

I wanted to say thank you all for your patience and we are delighted to inform you that our Online Shopping is NOW Available just in time for the HOLIDAY SEASON.

please click on the SHOP ONLINE STORE Link to the right on our links or click the link above. We have plenty of hand woven Kenya Bags that arrived. Please let your friends know to help us Support the Rural African Women Weavers from Kenya & Ghana by sending them to our website.
Twitter: @AfricanBaskets

I spoke with the women this week and they are excited to know that their hard works are being appreciated and will be purchased for the Holidays in America. We thank you for your continued support and Love.

-Mary Ogwel

Houston Quilting Convention 2011

•November 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment






We are pleased to announce that Maendeleo Imports will is at the Houston International Quilting Convention Nov 3-6th

BOOTH #964

Come stop by and follow our Twitter page @AfricanBaskets

Travelling Show Dates (July – Nov. 2011) | NEW Merchandise

•July 4, 2011 • 9 Comments

We have a huge inventory of Handmade African Baskets which just arrived this past weekend. If you would like to purchase any of our multicolored (Bolga, U-Shoppers, 2 handled, round pot and Kenya Bags), please check the style types under Baskets and give us a call to order or send us an Email.

Most of our business is done at Trade-shows & Conventions. We are happy to inform you that We will be at the following Cities:

– LONG BEACH Convention Center (July 29-31st)
– MONTANA Fairgrounds (August 12-20th)
– TACOMA Convention Center (August 25-28th)
– LA County Fair (September 4th – October 2nd)
– SAN DIEGO Quilt Show (September 8-11th)
– NORTHWEST Quilt Show in PORTLAND OR. (September 23-25th)
– CHANTILLY VA Quilt Show (September 29th – October 1st)
– STITCHES EAST in HARTFORD CT (October 27-30th)
– HOUSTON Quilt Festival (November 3-6th)

Send us an email for all inquiries: or Call us: 253-653-0494
Follow our Twitter: @AfricanBaskets and

Long Beach (July 2010)

•July 24, 2010 • 2 Comments

We would like to Welcome you to come visit us at our Booth in Long Beach Ca July 23-25th 2010. Come Say Hello to our Sons running the Booth by themselves.. Let us know if they were acting up or giving any of our baskets away 😉 Those Silly boys.. Have Fun and Stop by Booth #2246

Houston Quilt Festival

•October 31, 2008 • 9 Comments
Our Booth #366

Our Booth #366

This Week Maendeleo Imports has a booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  Please come and check us out for our Unique Fabrics, Baskets & Artifacts.

Ask about our FREE Gas & Fat Quarter Offers By Stopping at our Booth: #366

Come and take a picture with us at “The FUN Booth” 🙂

-Stan The Man