Aardvark Toto . XS . rhino . kitenge fabric .
Your little safari friend, dressed in the vibrant colours of african fabrics. Handcrafted by the Buguta Disabled group.
The safari animal collection is crafted by the Buguta disabled group. In the village called Buguta, their sowing workshop provides 5 women with a stable income. Other members of Buguta disabled group are basket weavers (all members of the group are mothers of disabled children, or disabled themselves). They thrive under the kind and careful lead of mama Leah, in a wheelchair herself. Note, all the real safari animals can be found in the wild nearby!
Material 100% cotton traditional kitenge or khanga fabric, polyester stuffing.
Measures 9 by 18 cm, medium
The animals have not been tested for suitability for young children, however, they do not contain any buttons or removable parts.
❥ read the story of buguta disabled group
Read the stories behind the buguta disabled group and their crafts.
By purchasing one of our animals you support:
❥ A woman in a remote, dry rural part of south-east Kenya where there are very few ways to make a living. Her sowing means a vital income for her (and for all the 1500 women in the women groups that Hadithi now supports). The money goes a long way, especially in the dry season, when she as a farmer often fails to produce enough harvest to even meet her families basic needs. The sowing workshop provides her with some financial stability, money to pay school fees and buy food.
❥ The conservation of a threatened forest and it's wildlife. When harvests fail, people turn to other ways to provide an income for the family. It is not uncommon in Tsavo that people turn to cutting trees to turn them into charcoal, or poaching wildlife in the area. An income for crafts is the alternative we can offer.