There is a saying that goes, “The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to.” There has never been a truer statement. My country, Zimbabwe, is in crisis. An economic catastrophe and high unemployment rate cripples Zimbabweans with poverty. Since leaving my home in Africa I have had a strong desire to help those left behind…with the encouragement from my husband, I began conceiving ways to help. Little did i know our plan would extend beyond Zimbabwe’s borders.
I am a new mum and am dissatisfied by all the plastic and generic products flooding the baby and toy market. I struggled to find authentic wooden, knitted, and natural fibre toys for my little one. I care deeply about the sustainability and the environment and prefer to shop consciously, so it was a simple notion to create a range of baby items hand made by women in Africa. Our agenda is to uplift and support some of the most vulnerable, by empowering them with the opportunity to utilize their skills making handicrafts for Mamoyo.
Mamoyo means “My Heart” in Shona, one of the native languages of Zimbabwe. Mamoyo represents exactly that- something close to our hearts, something that i feel passionate about. Through my company I am able to provide employment for underprivileged women as well as donate to the conservation of animals. Our products are made with love in the heart of homes or workplaces where women can care for their children and contribute to their daily work life and subsistence farming. My hope is that mom’s who shop with us can in turn support mom’s in need of an income.
We pray that we will be able to continue ethically sourcing products while providing a sense of hope & purpose for the makers of our products