Elephants roam free in Zambia – but in Sweden we have to settle for stuffed animals instead. Yawama of Sweden’s cuddly African plush toy is called Nsofwa, which is the word for elephant in the Zambian language Bemba.
This elephant is hand knitted from organic cotton yarn. Behind its production are women in Zambia, who gain a much needed extra income from knitting cuddly eco friendly plush toys. Each week the women meet at Little Ndaba to fetch new yarn and for quality control of their knitted products. These meetings are an important meeting place and many stuffed animals are knitted there too – on a blanket in the shade. Nsofwa the Elephant is a meaningful and unique gift for children of all ages.
Fact: This softie from Yawama Kids is hand knitted from organic OEKO certified cotton and stuffed with OEKO certified acrylic. It can be machine washed in warm water and drip-dried, do not tumble dry. It’s tested according to international standards and EU standards and comply with EN71-3 safety regulation for children. All soft toys and rattles from Yawama Kids are CE marked, hence safe for even the youngest children.
Length: 28 cm.
A Few Words on Little Ndaba, Producers for Yawama Kids
Little Ndaba was started by Charles Barr in 2004. Their studio is located on a farm just outside Lusaka, Zambia where they work with the local women to develop innovative toys and decor collections for children. A small group of women have been trained in hand-knitting and one woman has been trained to do the quality control. The women often work from home and get payed for each toy completed. In this way Little Ndaba is helping to provide a source of income as well as skills development.