#DollyMamas – Dolls Made With Love That Make You Smile
The Dolly-Mamas LLC started as a social entrepreneurship (a for-profit organization with an equal focus on social issues). Because they donate a portion of all profits to women & children”s causes, this means that the more successful they are, the more they can help.
Their first line was introduced in 2008 – The KuKu Dolls. They are multicultural, knitted, felted dolls that are available as kits, patterns and finished dolls. Each KuKu Doll has its own name and personality and when you make one, you put a little touch of yourself in it as well. They are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of whoever receives them!
Today they work closely with Connect Africa. They taught Dr. Lynn Auerbach (project founder and a knitter herself) to knit the KuKu Dolls and she went back to her project in Uganda and taught many villagers to knit the dolls. The Dolly-Mamas LLC provides the yarn and purchases the finished dolls from the connect-Africa project, helping provide the knitters with an ongoing source of income. The very good news is that much of the money earned from knitting is being used to pay school tuitions!
The Dolly-Mamas LLC sponsors the PIP (Partners in Possibilities) Program. Working with non-profit organizations, we provide a special line of kits, patterns and finished dolls (made by the Uganda knitters) that can be made and sold to support their efforts.
We received the Bonaparte Kuku Doll – Made with 100% new wool and 100% new polyester stuffing, the doll is about 8″ tall, has no removable parts and is washable (cold wash – dry flat). The doll is knitted in Uganda by moms and grandmas of Connect-Africa Foundation.
The Bonaparte doll is very well constructed and an absolute cutie. I love that the organization is socially conscious. Every step along the way has been well thought out and efforts are made to be socially conscious at every milestone in the production of the dolls. If you wish to make a doll yourself – they even sell kits with instructions. OR – you could purchase just the pattern booklet. There are so many different designs to choose from. These are not mass produced – each and every one is handmade with love!
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