About Africa Imports


 Living For Something More Than Ourselves

How Africa Imports Makes a Difference in Africa

Africa Imports brings lasting income to people and communities in Africa in two ways:

  • We bring thousands of African creations to the global market, This creates real change with a sustainable income for hundreds of small business people and artisans in Africa. We make it possible for them to sell their products to thousands of people they wouldn’t have otherwise reached from their own communities. We are continually working with these talented people to create stronger communities and work opportunities for people trying to sell their crafts and wares.

Thedore AssholaThedore Asshola, above, is the artist who makes many of our batik paintings.

  • We also help hundreds of African orphan children through direct donations. The money for this comes from the sales of products made outside of Africa. Every purchase from Africa Imports helps pay for food, schooling, and medical care for hundreds of special needs children. We are closely connected with these children, and do extra to guarantee that this money is properly distributed to them.This is what drives our company, In 2015, our donations totaled over $181,000. Seeing these children has made a big difference in the lives of several of us who work here; and has helped accomplish some tremendous and lasting good for many of these kids individually. 


Making a Difference in North America

Africa Imports provides an abundance of information, free tools, and training for small businesses and entrepreneurs selling African products in the US. You don’t need to purchase from us to get this. Most of it is free right here at africaimports.com.

With over 17 years of experience with African products. and a  passionate  team of knowledgeable and dedicated people, we can help you succeed in the African business of your dreams. We offer what no one else can. Africa Imports gives you between 50 and 150 new products to choose from every month, You’ll always find something new to provide to your customers.


Our Core Values

  1. To improve lives for craftspeople, children, and communities in Africa.
  2. To act with integrity, transparency, and authenticity.
  3. To reward inspired work with excellence.

Our History

The business was started in 1998. For the first year, the business was operated by the founder Wayne Kiltz, his family, and by one office person. Most of this period of time was spent learning about the market for African goods, and developing a base of reliable suppliers.

The owner spent the first year traveling the US and Africa; learning from other African stores; exhibiting goods in trade shows; and building a base of customers. During this period, we learned many things that help make an African business successful. We also found sources  for the most popular products. By working with so many other people, we discovered some of the best ways to sell African products in the US.

In October of 1999, the business was relocated to Hackensack, New Jersey because it is close to New York with  a large base of African suppliers. Being in New Jersey  instead of New York allowed us to supply African products  at much lower  prices.  We also found a diverse team of people to help us grow, reach our customers effectively, and to help make this business a success.

Today  Africa Imports is the largest supplier of African products in the US. We supply over 2,000 wholesale customers with African clothing, artwork, musical instruments, jewelry, oils, soaps, and personal care products. There are 16 people at our main office; and about 100 different people from Africa who travel back and forth with new products. We also estimate that there are over 1,000 different people in Africa who make the products in their own communities.


You can find out more about the history and purpose of Africa Imports here or on our main website africaimports.com

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11 thoughts on “About Africa Imports

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

    If I would’ve known I was supporting white people I’ve would’ve brought these items from Amazon…I thought this company was black owned…Now I don’t trust that part of my purchased went to the children.

    • January 4, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      I am sorry that you feel this way. If there is any way we can help you to feel more comfortable with your purchase, or any information you would like just let us know. Yes, we are a white-owned business – although we have a very diverse group of people all working together to make it a success. The owner and his family visited Africa in 1997 to help out at a missionary hospital in Mali. When they were there they couldn’t help but notice the skill and creativity of the craftspeople there, along with the difficulty they had in finding customers since they were in such a remote location. The owner, Wayne Kiltz, decided to start Africa Imports at that point in the hopes that it would be a means of income for African craftspeople in Mali. Since then, it has grown to be a source of employment for many crafspeople throughout other parts of Africa, including Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, and more. Because of our experience in Africa and seeing many African orphanages, a large part of the company mission is to provide support for orphanages in Africa. You can find out more about this here: http://blog.africaimports.com/wordpress/category/orphanage-work/ and here: http://africaimports.com/helping_orphans.asp?url=

      We are sorry if you have felt in any way mislead by our company. The fact that the owner’s are white is made very clear in the ‘About Us’ section of our web site: http://africaimports.com/aboutus.asp?url=. However, our goal isn’t to make a ton of money for ourselves – we really do want to help the people in Africa who create these products, create more jobs, and provide more support for the orphans in Africa.

      If you have any further questions, please don’t hesistate to let us know!

    • February 7, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Totally agree with you Eva Jones!

      This is exactly why I came here first! I want to make sure that African people are making African pieces!

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Same products on Amazon but cheaper

  • November 10, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Business is business white owner or black owner it does’nt matter they need each other

  • February 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Africa needs needs trade not exorbitant loans disguised as aid. Neither do they need to be exploited. I live in Africa although I am not an African neither am I white. Any platform that give Africans a chance at fair trade is welcome by the businesses here. They don’t care who owns it. I hope your success will encourage some black Americans who sometimes appear to have more money than sense (not all of them clearly) to invest in Africa because black businesses in the US could do a lot more for this continent.

  • March 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    It’s not just about business opportunities. It’s about equal opportunities for blacks. Because blacks are so oppressed, exploited and brainwashed by white supremacist, they can’t have anything of their own (businesses, communities, a good education, etc…). I agree with Eva Jones, buy from black businesses. I’m “Woke”, it’s time for the rest of us to wake up as well.

    • May 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks for writing. Even though we are not a black owned business, our purpose is to support communities in Africa with trade. About half of our profits also go to purchase food and schooling for orphan children in Africa. We can do a lot more in fighting oppression and inequality together than we can alone. I hope that we can communicate and work together whenever it is a positive thing.

  • May 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    well damn a white owned business that sells african things, from africa and african people dont benefit from it….typical

    • May 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for leaving a comment. Even though the owners are white, our goals are in may ways the same. We started this business to support communities in Africa with trade. About half of our profits also go to purchase food and schooling for orphan children in Africa. We are as frustrated with poverty, exploitation, and inequality as you are. We can certainly do more to help things together than we can do alone. I hope that you will stay in touch and that we can relate or do things together whenever possible. Wayne

  • September 28, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I think some of the previous writers have been a bit hash to Wayne and wife running this business.
    Where are the ‘Africans’ in American with lots of money? Do they think of their fellow Africans that are less privileged? We rather live flashy lifestyles, big cars etc than establish a business that will bring profit and help other human beings, white or black?
    This business does not have to invest back in Africa, business is business, but they chose to do so, so please give them the credit, stop talking and do something useful.
    If you choose to buy cheaper elsewhere, go ahead, but how much does such companies send to Africa or any other human being?

    Well done ‘africanimports’!. By the way I’m African.


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