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Little Friends: Handmade Owl
Little Friends: Kazizi the Owl Handmade in Malawi

Swahili Imports

Little Friends: Kazizi the Owl Handmade in Malawi

Super soft jersey knit makes this the most cuddly poly-filled toy.  Women from a sewing cooperative in Malawi hand make this 5x11x2-inch soft toy that is washer- and dryer-friendly.

Dsenyo is a social enterprise, ethical fashion brand and fair trade gifts company. They believe business is a powerful way to address social and economic problems. After living in Malawi, artist Marissa Perry Saints founded Dsenyo in an effort to create opportunity for hard-working, African women. They follow Fair Trade principles working to create maximum benefit for the women, artisans and communities in which they work. Dsenyo works to create sustainable jobs for women and artisans in communities where opportunities are scarce or simply nonexistent. They also commit to offering high-quality, unique and marketable fair trade gifts and ethical fashion items.

The handmade plush toys in particular help 17 members of Malawi's Mwayiwathu HIV Support Group.  The women's cooperative that created the safari themed stuffed animals are either affected by AIDS or deal with the disease within their family.  A true menagerie of animals, the diverse product line are made out of a cotton African fabric.