One Man’s Vision
Senshipping was founded in Michigan, in 2012 by Meissa Thioune. The founder emigrated to the U.S in 1998 from Dakar Senegal. He came to the U. S to pursue his education in business. Meissa Thioune drives the vision and strategy at Senshipping. Our founder is a man of character, he is humble, and an honest entrepreneur who loves to help others. How it all started. Back In 2011, I was buying used clothes, used shoes and hotel liquidation furniture to export to Senegal West Africa and resell them there. When I ordered a 40-foot container to ship the merchandise, a few of my friends, who are from Senegal, asked if they could pay me to ship some items for them to their family members. After the container arrived and the goods cleared customs, I called my friends’ family members to come pick up their goods. When they came to pick them up, I saw how happy they were to have something from their loved one’s in America. I came back to the U.S and the Senegalese people in Michigan started calling and asking me when I would be shipping a container to Senegal again. Word of mouth quickly spread throughout the Senegalese community. In early 2012 I started brainstorming for a name that will stand for our identity. I came up with the name Senshipping because the first three letters are the abbreviation of Senegal and also in my native language “Sen” means “yours” something that belongs to you. I wanted my customers to know that this company belongs to them. Senshipping is here to serve and connect them across continents to their families. When I started the company in 2012, I started with $3,000 of which $2,500 was used to purchase a van and $500 for flyers and now the rest is history. From 2012 to 2015 we were only shipping to Senegal. By the end of 2015 we decided to implement the same strategy we had been applying to serve our Senegalese customers to help customers from Lagos-Nigeria, Tema, Takoradi-Ghana, Lome-Togo, Cotonou-Benin, Dakar-Senegal, Conakry-Guinea, Abidjan-Ivory Coast, Matadi-Congo, Douala-Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Luanda-Angola, Pointe Noire-Congo, Monrovia-Liberia, Libreville-Gabon, Kenya East Africa connect with their family members.