Our Mission & Vision
Boostani, translates from the Swahili language (bustani) to ‘garden’. A garden is a place where life is nurtured. Lois believes that beauty is represented in diverse forms, in a garden, and handmade items capture this beauty and uniqueness.
Boostani offers a variety of handmade products each unique to the customer. From colorful beaded key chains to beaded scarves to individualistic tote beach handbags and baskets, they add a modern yet African image to your household or wardrobe.
Boostani's handmade goods offer more than just a unique addition to your home, through your purchase, a cause is supported, one held dearly in Lois' heart.
Each product offered by Boostani is 'as unique as you.'
Founder & Owner
Born in the rural town, Kitui, Lois, is named after her paternal grandmother following the area's tribal tradition. Her grandmother, widowed at a young age, struggled to raise her six children as a single parent. Her source of income was found through the local women's talent and skill, weaving basketry and selling produce at markets. Fair trade at its best.
Having watched her grandmother weave baskets, which is a relatively long process from stripping sisal palp, twining the fibers to weaving the baskets, the idea of Boostani was birthed.
Sisal is part of the Asparagaceae family and is native to Central America. In the late 1930s, sisal was introduced and cultivated in different parts of the world, including Kenya, different parts of Eastern Africa as well as other Asian countries.
In Kenya, sisal can be found in multiple regions, but is specifically known to be in arid areas such as the Eastern provinces of Kenya.
Sisal has multiple uses, most commonly, it's used for weaving baskets, making mats, sacks and ropes.
At Boostani, we use sisal from local sources and our future goal is to start our own sisal plantation, where we can grow our own sisal and replenish our use.