Meet the Zambezi Doll Company

by Marsha Winsryg

Zambezi handmade ethnic dolls cotton soft uniqueThese are the women of the God Given Gift Group. They are mothers and grandmothers of disabled children who attend the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Center in Livingstone, Zambia. In 2011 I spent three weeks working with them to develop a doll that could be made entirely by hand, and could be sold for enough money to make an economic difference in their lives. They have grown into a true cooperative, sharing the work and profits from the sales of their Zambezi dolls.
With money in their bank account they can now pay rent, clothe and feed their families and get basic medical care. Most importantly to them, they can now pay to send their other children to school. The Mama Bakhita School for the Disabled is free for low income children, but all other schools , including public schools, have tuitions and expenses. Education for their children is their most fervent desire.

African dolls of color

You will soon be able to buy these dolls directly from their own website!





zambian wood carving

zambian wood carving


OFF NEW LANE, West Tisbury, call for directions 508 693 4059

SATURDAY,   DECEMBER 11,    10 to 2pm

Hand-carved nativities, beautiful Zambezi dolls, Tuareg silver, Zambian baskets all raising money for the educational and in come generation projects of the AACDP.

508 693 4059