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Dolls of color, natural fiber

Many of you have already contributed to our on-line campaign to raise money to finish the Zambezi doll makers website. We still have a ways to go and difficult work ahead so we ask that you consider a gift to the on-line campaign or purchasing a doll from the website that can now securely accept credit and debit cards through PayPal.

http://zambezidolls.com

If you want to boost morale and income for the Zambezi ladies, please look at their selection of dolls, in all their diversity, and purchase one or a family of dolls, for someone who would appreciate the variety of skin tone.

You could do this for mother’s day and we will write your mother a note if you include her name and address in the special instructions part of the order.

There is a heap of editing needed in the copy on our fledgling website, which we are slowly getting to, so please ignore the typos and grammatical errors. Getting everyone on board with writing content and marketing is a huge learning curve, but we improve  each day and finally our payment system is reliable.

With your help, this site will reach kind and tolerant people all over the world, like yourselves, who agree that this world needs a doll that represents every kind of person and every combination of colors in a family.

Youcaring.com:

http://www.youcaring.com/HelpZambeziDollCompanyFly

Thank you, once again.

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Thank you for Believing in Us

by Marsha Winsryg

We have put all of our time and energy into getting the Zambezi Doll on-line store up and running. When we ran into snags with the credit card payment company and marketing challenges, I didn’t know how we would be able to work these things out and continue to pay salaries and other expenses until sales could cover them. How would we get to the sought after “break even” point? More importantly, how could we stop now that so many people had worked for so long and achieved so much? How could we fail them now?

So I started a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign through Youcaring.com, praying that many of our friends and well-wishers would contribute something, anything, and that this would add up to enough to sustain us until we could swim on our own.

It worked!! We have raised half of the money in a week!

We are so grateful at the out-pouring of contributions. It is a wonderful feeling to be supported by all of you in our efforts to create steady and meaningful work for these women who have worked hard to achieve skills and independence. It takes a village.

With humble thanks for your generosity and faith,

Marsha

http://www.youcaring.com/HelpZambeziDollCompanyFly

 

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After eight years working on this project, the Zambezi doll makers of Livingstone, Zambia have established the Zambezi Doll Cooperative, their own independent, women-owned non profit designed to create income security for these women with disabled children. Please help us sustain our new business while we develop marketing strategies and build our clientele. Buy a doll or two, and send friends with children to this page or to the women’s website. 

http://zambezidolls.com.

Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Organizing Principle Falls into my Lap the Day Before I Leave for Zambia

Piece #1 The Book and Why Do We Exist?(As a Business)
After eight years of slowly developing a product and a way to market it, 2018 was the year the Zambezi Doll project found its true shape and came into focus.

It began when my friend Roberta gave me a book she had found useful in organizing her own business, called The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni with the very descriptive subtitle “Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else”. I read the first half on the long plane ride going over and was intrigued to find no facts about profit margins or anything else like that. Instead the author listed the kinds of questions you have to ask yourself : why you are doing this business and what are your core values?

As soon as I arrived Sydney Mwamba, the Zambian manager of the AACDP, and I brainstormed about the first three questions that would be the foundation of our new enterprise.

#1 Why do we exist?
Firstly, to create a stable income for the doll makers out of their own creativity.
Secondly, the world needs a friendly doll made of natural materials and a choice of skin tones from dark to light.

#2 What are our basic values.? Compassion, integrity and consistency.

#3 What do we do? We make handmade dolls.

#4 Who is the leadership team and what are the areas of expertise?

Here was our first hurdle. We were missing part of the leadership team.

There is Sydney  who monitors the programs, identifies needs, requests funding and is a liaison to the local people being served in philanthropic ways.

And there is me. I raise funds, buy crafts, doll supplies, develop the basic doll patterns and train the doll makers in best practices and quality control. Sydney and I share the social media and photography.

It was a glaringly obvious to us both that a business-savvy bookkeeper was needed to complete the team. We started out writing a job description:

Bookkeeper needed to make finance reports, set up systems for production and evaluation, monitor stock, order supplies, market products on internet, work with the doll makers smoothly and be committed to working for the poor, especially women.
Sydney said to me, “I know the perfect person.” So call her!
(To be continued)

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