When my daughter was old enough to really appreciate a baby doll, I set out to find her one that could be her best friend. When I was a young girl, I had one certain doll that was a constant source of comfort and companionship, and I wanted that same feeling for my daughter. I looked for weeks, everywhere I could think of, and still I wasn’t able to find a doll I felt reflected my daughter’s ethnicity and the sense of pride I wanted to instill in her.
So I set out to make her a doll – one that she could safely love on and sleep with, and one that I knew would be relatable to her and reflect the life I want her to have. After several attempts, I was successful in sewing her a doll. And once I had made one, I knew I couldn’t stop there. I needed to make this plush, loveable handmade doll available to every girl – in many different skin tones and ethnicities.
In 2015, I founded Mufaro on love and hope for the many unique, beautiful women of Zimbabwe. Mufaro, a Shona word meaning “joy”, is a line of handcrafted dolls intended to offer comfort and companionship to girls around the world. They are constructed from eco-friendly, recyclable, all natural materials by artisan women from disadvantaged communities. In countries where unemployment is as high as 87%, and women struggle merely to survive on a daily basis, our dolls provide these women with food on the table and a sense of stability.
And because they’re all completely handmade, each of our dolls is truly one-of-a-kind – just like the children who will hold them as companions throughout much of their young lives.
I hope the girls in your life will love Mufaro dolls as much as my daughter has loved hers. And may it be a constant reminder that every girl is beautiful in her own unique way.
To use our business to transform communities and shape the world — one beautifully unique, powerful woman at a time.
To inspire young girls to embrace diversity, to love themselves and to envision a bright future — all while building a socially- conscious business that empowers women in Africa.
When you support Mufaro Dolls you’re supporting:
- Women’s Economic Growth
- Global Ethnic Diversity
- Social Empowerment
- Environmental Sanctity